Spring To-Do List: Habits to practice as the weather starts to warm again
Spring is the season for renewal and change. You might have changed some things about your life at the beginning of the year, but something about Spring makes us humans want to reset. Don’t waste away this season; instead, try fitting in one or all of these healthy habits into your lifestyle!
Switch your plate to more fruit & vegetable-based
You don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan to include more fruits and veggies into your diet. Eating both regularly might already be a part of your diet, but we need more than we think. A lot of people think eating meat is what keeps us balanced, but really you should be ingesting up to three cups of vegetables a day. Spring is the perfect harvesting weather for trying new fruits and veggies you haven’t tried before; in addition they can be refreshing as either a fruit salad for snack or a part of a hearty veggie pasta for dinner.
Push yourself to drink more water
Like fruits and veggies, we very rarely drink enough water in a day. It’s recommended that we drink four-to-eight glasses of water each day, but we often only drink one-to-four. If you like to keep measurements of how much water you drink, there’s water bottles you can buy that have lines with how much water you should drink and by what time. Getting into the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle around with you is the easiest way to consume more water. This is your hint to purchase a bottle to your liking and start filling up!
Get outside more
During Spring there’s no excuse as to why you shouldn’t go outside more; flowers blooming and clouds hovering over the sky, it’s the perfect weather to be active. If you’re not a gym person like me, having a workout routine at a local park is the best alternative. Cardio is best for outdoors to take in fresh air, but if you have allergies try practicing more low-impact exercises that still make you sweat. The best thing about working out outside is there’s so much room for you to invite a friend or loved one to join you and create this habit together.
Be open to trying new things!
You can’t create new habits without trying new things, so take these next few months of vibrance and early mornings to discover what you like. It could be something as small as trying a food you wouldn’t normally try, or as big as applying for a job that pushes your comfort zone. We have to remind ourselves that it’s healthier to try new things and fail, rather than not try anything at all. Change doesn’t have to be extravagant, it just has to have some sort of meaning behind it.
As you can see habits don’t have to be something major that you adapt to your lifestyle; it can be something as small as drinking enough water each day that can change and improve your health in the long-run. Habits challenges you to pick up at least one of these healthy habits come this Spring.
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