Springtime is a terrific time to get into the kind of physical shape you’ve always wanted. It could be as simple as morning walks five-times weekly, or as complicated as running a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon. It’s a time of year to focus on your health, both physical and mental. It’s harder to begin a healthy, active lifestyle in the winter months, when there’s snow and ice, and the days are short. But build good active habits in the warmer months, and you’re likely to carry them over. Here’s a few tips to keep you on track.
Spring is the first season when there’s new types of local produce. Berries of all kinds, cherries, and both the weekly farmer’s market and your grocer’s shelves should be full of different varieties. Berries are loaded with antioxidants, which, among other things beneficial, help to prevent tissue damage and even reduce the risk of age-related illness. This is also the season when you can easily plant herbs. Herbs are terrific because you don’t need to posses the greenest of green thumbs to grow them, and, unlike full-scale gardening—which isn’t suited for everyone’s schedule—herbs can be planted in simple pots or window boxes and, if given sun and adequate water, should grow quickly into beautiful little plants.
Summertime is an especially good time for outdoor exercise. Exercise is good for both the mind and the body, and it doesn’t have to be performed at high-intensity athletic levels to provide benefit. A quick thirty-minute walk in the morning before work, at the office during lunch, or as soon as the time card is punched at the end of the day. A little exercise will get the blood flowing throughout the body, which is especially important if you consistently sit at a desk at your place of work; it’s also head-clearing and scientifically effective at relieving work- and life-related common stresses and anxieties.
Springtime is also a terrific time to visit the spa at Central Wellness—maybe even schedule a massage to relieve the tension in sore muscles.