3 Steps To A Healthier You!
With winter almost fully on its way out, many people are starting to get back into the swing of springtime and are looking to get back in shape after a long New England winter. The great thing about living in Western MA, is that the options for outdoor activities are endless. Here are 3 tips to jumpstarting a healthier lifestyle while living in Massachusetts:
-Get up and get out- New England winters are notorious for the possibility of blizzards which make it hard to even leave the confines of your home. The act of staying warm under the covers and watching a movie or reading a book is considered a ritual to all who know the true capability of a Nor’easter storm. But when the winter ends and the snow melts, New England reveals some of the best ways to get fit without having to join a gym. Local trails, children’s parks, and arts and craft fairs are filling up the calendars for warmer months meaning more opportunities to get out of your house. Whether you are just taking a walk around the block or a hike through Mt. Tom, getting fresh air and moving around are great ways to get fit. The health benefits of walking help to reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes and helps control the joint swelling and pain from arthritis. It also helps keep your bones, muscles and joints healthy and has proven to reduce anxiety and depression. Make sure that you keep to a pace that you are comfortable with and invest in a good pair of shoes.
-Indulge in the flavors of spring- One of the best things about spring is the yummy and healthy produce that are in season. Many of the popular fruits such as strawberries and pineapple are in season during spring and taste much better when they are ripe. Seasonal veggies during spring include asparagus, artichoke and spinach and can be found at any grocery store. These produce items are great ways of adding flavor to meals without taking away any nutritional value. Studies have shown that what you eat greatly affects how your body feels, and when you are nourishing your body with nutrients from fresh produce your body can function at its full potential. Love the idea of cooking with fresh produce, but seem to be fresh out of ideas? Check out CookingLight.com for simple and savory menus that incorporate the freshness of spring.
-Call it a night- Did you know that the body’s need for a good nights sleep is just as important as eating, drinking and even breathing! During sleep your body produces extra protein molecules to help strengthen the immune system in your body which lower the risk of infections. Your heart also needs sleep to keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels stable to reduce the amount of pressure that stress adds. Getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep every night benefits the entire body. Ever notice that when you wake up from good nights sleep you feel balanced and your thoughts are clearer? That is because during rest, your body stabilizes all of its functioning systems so that when you wake up they are ready to work hard to keep your body up and running. Getting into a sleep schedule that works for you can take time, but here is a helpful article to get you going in the right direction.
It may not come as a surprise that when you fuel your body to work to its potential it does just that. Keep your routine fun and remember to provide your body with the right tools it needs to work at its best and in no time at all you’ll be feeling your best!