SPRING CLEAN YOUR HEALTH ROUTINE
This time of year, everyone is getting out the mops and brooms to spring clean their homes. But does your health routine need a spring cleaning, too? Here are four tips to spring clean your physical and mental health this spring.
Spring Clean Your Physical Health
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
If you fell into the habit of eating heavier foods during the winter, spring is the time to lighten up by eating more fruits and vegetables. Visit your local farmer’s market and get inspired by what’s in season. When you see asparagus for the first time, celebrate by roasting it and topping it with a fried egg and sprinkled parmesan. When ripe strawberries appear, buy as many as your family will eat plain, and freeze the rest to use for delicious smoothies.
Spring foods don’t require a lot of complicated preparation. Dress tender spring greens with a little olive oil, vinegar, and fresh herbs, and then dig in. And to make sure healthy food is always steps from your door, consider growing your own fruits and vegetables in a Tower Garden.
Get Enough Sleep
While this may seem easier said than done, consistently skipping out on sleep has serious implications for your physical health. Stop thinking of sleep as a luxury, and start treating it as the necessity it is! According to the research, 7-8 hours per night seems to be the magic number. To reach this number, some people swear by a regular exercise schedule, chamomile tea, trying to stick to an alarm, etc.
Spring Clean Your Mental Health
Most people are familiar with the physical benefits of regular exercise, which include promoting cardiovascular fitness and lowering blood sugar. Exercise can also help alleviate the symptoms of both anxiety and depression. If you like to exercise with a group, check out some of Ellis’ fantastic group exercise classes or start training with one of our amazing Ellis trainers. When you’re not working out at Ellis, get outside for some fresh air, go for a walk or run with a friend or take your dog for a walk. You’ll be having too much fun to notice you’re breaking a sweat.
Just being outside seems to have mental health benefits. A large-scale study published in Environmental Science and Technology studied the effect of living in urban areas with and without green spaces. People who lived near parks or gardens had better mental health scores than those who did not. Another study in the same journal also found exercising outside in a green space for as little as five minutes improved people’s moods. So, get out and get moving!
Which healthy habits do you want to start this spring? Share them with me!