No matter what the weather’s like where you live, today is the official start of spring. January may be the time for setting goals and making resolutions, but we’ve always found that by this time of year those resolutions could use some refreshing. Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start, especially for your health and fitness goals. Here are 7 ways to make wellness a priority this spring.
- After months of being stuck inside, it’s time to get outdoors! Why not find a new walking trail or path to explore in your area? If you’re not sure where you can go, the American Heart Association has a walking path finder on its website; just enter your zip code and it will suggest paths in your area.
- Spring is the perfect time to check out your local farmer’s market. Buy some fresh, local produce that’s in season, and try a new recipe or two to show off your finds. (Here are a few ideas to get you started.)
- Were “lose weight” or “eat healthier” among your New Year’s Resolutions? If you’ve lost steam, try setting more specific goals instead and making a plan to follow them. If your goal is to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet (that’s one of mine this year), try making a weekly menu plan that includes healthy fruit or vegetable side dishes. My new favorite is oven-roasted broccoli with garlic, red pepper flakes, and just a little parmesan cheese.
- Prepare for a rainy day by stocking your pantry with healthy staples. Quinoa, tuna packed in water, sun-dried tomatoes, and roasted red peppers are all great options, but choose items that your family will like. On days when you’re exhausted or don’t have time to make a trip to the grocery store, you’ll still have a healthy meal at your fingertips.
- Find a friend, family member, or co-worker who is also working towards a health and fitness goal. Encourage each other by making dates to go to the gym or go walking together, and by finding time to talk each week to share successes and challenges.
- Try a new outdoor activity. Get some friends together and play a team sport, like volleyball or softball, or find out if there’s a place you can rent a bicycle and go on a ride.
- Shake up your lunch routine. It’s easy to get too busy to plan for lunch, then order something unhealthy that you’ll regret later. Instead, take a little time before the start of your work week and do your lunch-prepping. For example, make a large batch of a healthy pasta salad (this one from Health Magazine looks delicious and easy to make), and then put it into individual, easy-to-pack containers. Add a piece of fruit and a square of dark chocolate, and you have a lunch that beats takeout any day of the week.