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May 16
Get a Head Start in Spring Health

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of Partners:


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Long-awaited spring sunshine and warm breezes are right around the corner. With the change of season comes the urge to say goodbye to the old, and hello to the new. This can also mean welcoming the warmer season with new, healthy habits.  Here are some tips you can use to kick-start your spring health:

Start an Exercise Routine

Now is a perfect time to begin a new exercise regimen. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes, just 30 minutes per weekday, of moderate exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. One way to hold yourself accountable and to have fun doing it is to work out with friends or sign up for group classes.

Revamp Your Diet with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Spring and summer means an assortment of fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables. It is important to include these foods in your everyday diet to ensure proper nutrition. Try to eat three to five servings of vegetables and two to three servings of fruit every day. Of course, it is okay to indulge in warm weather treats, like ice cream cones, from time to time.

Drink More Water

Staying hydrated is essential as the temperatures begin to rise. Try to keep a water bottle on hand. If you do not like water, try infusing it with flavor combinations like fresh lemon, lime, mint, strawberries and raspberries.

Plan for Allergy Season

If you know that you will be a victim of the spring allergy wave, now is a good time to stock up on your allergy medications. It is a good idea to stock up on travel tissue packs as well.

Change Your Pillows

Some experts suggest you replace your pillows every one to two years. Not only do pillows lose support over time, they collect body oil, dead skin cells, and hair making it a breeding ground for dust mites and allergens. Placing a protective layer in-between the pillow and pillowcase, and washing your pillows every six months are good ways of allergy proofing your pillows.

Protect Your Skin

Most people agree it is important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays during the hot summer months. What most people do not know is that UV rays can harm your skin every day, regardless of the temperature. Try to incorporate SPF into your morning skincare routine, even if it is cloudy or you are spending time inside. ■

Source:  www.health.usnews.com

 

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