Spring into a Healthier You
4/15/2019
Couple in hammock in an outdoor setting

Spring is a season of growth and change. Flowers are starting to bloom, crops are being planted and grass is growing. It can also be a time for you to change your habits and routines. Listed below are three simple tips to change your lifestyle with great health benefits. 

Unplugging from Technology 

As time passes, our use of technology is increasing. An estimated three out of every four people in the United States own a smartphone. Acknowledging loved ones by staying off of technology to be present in the moment is often overlooked. Technology can often consume our day as many careers involve computers, phones, tablets or other devices. Instead of turning on the television or computer, sit down and talk to a loved one, or even read a book. 

Stepping Outside and Enjoying the Sun

After a long winter in the Midwest, everyone wants to enjoy some warm weather! It is important to get outside, enjoy nature and the sunlight. The sun produces Vitamin D which is essential to the human body because it can prevent heart disease and certain types of cancers. Most humans are also deficient in Vitamin D, so enjoying the sun for at least ten minutes a day can be very beneficial to your health. 

Consistent Sleep Routine

The average human being should be sleeping between seven and nine hours a day. This helps with muscle recovery, brain function, and weight loss, because when you sleep, melatonin levels typically rise while cortisol falls. A way to consistently get the optimal amount of sleep is to set an alarm for an hour before you want to be asleep. At this time, turn off your phone to avoid notifications and do not use technology while you prepare for bed. By doing this it will allow your brain and body to relax for sleep.

 

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/8-ways-spring-clean-your-health-routine-ncna859021 

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