Ways to a Healthy Spring and Summer
By Sara Butler
The warmer weather means that better days are ahead! While you’re taking the time to brush off the winter weather, don’t forget to take some time to focus on your health and wellness. There are some very easy ways you can make your health a focus in the coming months while taking advantage of the beautiful weather outside. Here are a few ways you may not have thought of to have a healthy spring and summer.
The National Institutes of Health reports that getting outside can have a big impact on your mental, emotional, and physical health and wellness. Go to your local parks, go hiking, take a class where you learn something new outside -- even signing up for a softball league can do the trick! Make a list of things you can do outside and have an interest in, then get them done!
Grow Your Own Food
Gardening is a great exercise and growing your own food has benefits to your health too. If you don’t have a lot of experience gardening, start small. Dig up a small plot of land and plant some easy to grow items such as cucumbers, peppers, carrots, or spinach. If you don’t have space to dig up a plot, then try container gardening. You can grow a lot of herbs and a few small vegetable plants such as tomatoes that way. There are even community gardens you can get involved in!
Open Your Windows
Before the temperatures outside really start to soar, you can take advantage of the mild temperatures by opening your windows. Get the fresh air running through to invigorate you and your living space. It’s also a great opportunity to bring the outdoors in with some houseplants. They make your space look and feel more inviting and help to purify the air in your home. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, that’s OK. Varieties of houseplants such as English ivy, ficus, peperomia, and philodendron are hearty and easy to care for.
Spring and summer are a great time to expand your palate, so try some local produce that is in season. These foods tend to be at their best nutritionally and taste great, so try a few things you haven’t tried before from your local farmers market.
Here's to a healthy spring and summer in your future!
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