The beginning of the year may be the time of resolutions, but Spring, ladies, is the season of renewal, rebirth, and recovery.
While we are implementing this philosophy in our homes (Spring cleaning) and sometimes our wardrobe (adding bright colors and floral prints), we rarely do the same with our health.
That is an obvious mistake since Spring arrives after months of scoffing chocolate, hiding our weight gain under layers of clothes, and dealing with flu and viruses. Now is the best moment to devote attention to your health.
If being too busy is your excuse to continue to avoid it, here are a few health hacks that will keep you healthy and energized without consuming all of your free time.
A Quick Workout a Day Keeps the Belly Fat Away
To be perfectly clear, this is not a “beach body” thing. Physical activity is one of the many prerequisites for a healthy body. Many people gain some weight during the Winter, when we stay in for longer periods and snack on heavy foods.
Exercising regularly is the best way to deal with the belly fat you’ve put on during Winter. If you don’t have the time to hit the gym a couple of times a week, you can always do HIIT (high intensity interval training).
Stand Up for Your Health
Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking?
Unfortunately, we live in a sedentary age, where we can hardly avoid spending eight or more hours sitting in the office and even when we’re done with our work, we come back home to sit again.
How to fight this behavior?
Stand up as often as you can. Walk while you’re on the phone or watching a TV show. Don’t use the elevator, take the stairs instead. Take a break every ten minutes from sitting in the office, with a couple of minutes of stretching or walking.
Detox Your Body
The Winter treats brought not only belly fat, but also piled up toxins. Air pollution and indoor heating contributed to this as well. The solution is to clean up on the inside by starting a spring detox process.
Here are few tips to keep you on the right track:
- Drink a lot of water.
- Don’t eat more than three meals a day.
- Avoid processed foods.
- Stay clear of gluten and dairy.
- Dine early and light.
- Do deep breathing exercises.
- Go to sleep early.
Air Out Your House
There are two main reasons to pay attention to your indoor air during the Spring: first, indoor pollution can be very harmful for your health and second, spring is the season of allergies.
So, if you are allergic to hay or have some other spring allergies, here are some things you should do:
- Keep your windows closed during the day.
- Keep them open at night.
- Don’t allow pets inside the house.
- Remove heavy fabrics (carpets, drapes, etc.) from your rooms.
- Get an air purifier for allergies.
Eat Seasonal Food
After you are done with your Spring detox, you should slowly get your nutrition in the right balance. The best way to do it is to eat seasonal produce, especially vegetables.
Some of the healthiest vegetable species, such as asparagus, broccoli, corn, spinach, and lettuce, are in their prime during Spring. Also, include nutrient-packed fruits, like avocados, blueberries, figs, papayas and strawberries.
Chase Away Bad Thoughts
Spring holidays are wonderful, but they’re often stressful. This is the time when we usually freak out about getting nowhere with our New Year’s resolutions and when all the stress from spending tons of money and family time piles up.
Don’t let it get to you. Find your own way to deal with it – yoga, relaxing music, tub soaking, spending time with friends…
Spring cleaning your house is important, but spring cleaning your health is far more important, so start implementing these tips today.
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