Implement these three habits for a healthy spring

47751087_SSpring is here, the days are getting longer, and temperatures are starting to rise.

Soon, you’ll be spending time at the beach, hiking at your favorite camping spot, or fishing with friends by the lake.

Additional outdoor activity is great, but it can also take a toll on your body.

Here’s a look at three simple habits that are sure to benefit you for the next six months, if you can implement them now.

Drink more water. The human body runs on water. When we’re dehydrated we can’t think straight, aren’t as nimble, and in serious cases even hallucinate. Push the fluids, especially when you’re being active. As we sweat, we lose electrolytes and drinking water can help replenish them. In addition, it will provide better lubrication for your muscles and tendons, and in turn make hiking, biking, or whatever you’re doing that much easier.

Get a good night’s sleep. Everybody functions differently, but experts recommend sleeping at least eight hours each night. Sleeping improves your focus, allows you to react to stressors more logically, and gives your neural networks the time they need to rest and recharge. It’s tempting to stay up late, especially when the weather’s nice, but committing to a regular sleep schedule now is a great way to achieve more difficult goals later on.

Eat more vegetables. How often do you eat vegetables? Answer the question honestly. Mashed potatoes, french fries, and canned peas don’t count. It’s okay, really. Most of us don’t eat enough vegetables, yet they’re one of the most important foods and they pack a nutritious punch. Instead of snacking on your regular fare of Cracker Jacks, opt for carrots and celery instead. Try broccoli and add a healthy dip. The more you do it, the easier it will be.

Making these three simple changes now might sound tough, but you can do it. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Try and remember them when you can, and take steps toward positive, healthy change.

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