3 Ways to boost your health this spring
Spring brings with it longer days, lighter meals and best of all, sunshine! It’s active and alive and offers the perfect opportunity to refresh your routine and rejuvenate your health. Here’s how.
1. Get out more
With the sun rising earlier, it’s a lot easier to get up and go running or cycling before work – or during your lunch break if you’re really not a morning person. Walking is also excellent for your health and wearing a Fitbit or similar pedometer can help you take great strides in your fitness levels and weight loss goals. Aside from the sun making an appearance earlier, there’s also lots more of it in spring, which means plenty more vitamin D for you, and that’s important for everything from your bones and teeth to your immune system and cardiovascular health.
2. Practise mindful eating
You’ve probably come across the concept of mindfulness, the act of being present in the moment with the aim of improving your concentration, reducing your stress levels, boosting your mental wellbeing, and more. But have you encountered the concept of mindful eating? You probably found that during winter, you ate to fuel your body for the long winter days. But, as spring emerges (along with the sun), it’s a good time to become mindful not only of what you’re eating, but how you’re eating, too. According to Harvard Medical School, “A small yet growing body of research suggests that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating could help with weight problems and maybe steer some people away from processed food and unhealthy choices.”
How does mindful eating work?
• Only eat when you’re hungry
• Allocate 20 minutes per mealtime – and use all 20 minutes!
• Focus on eating – don’t eat while you’re reading, streaming Netflix, or working.
• Eat small bites of food slowly, taking time to be mindful of its colour, texture and taste.
3. Safeguard your sleep
During winter, there’s nothing quite like snuggling down in bed with a good book or series and putting the lights out early. But, as the days get longer, it’s easy to fall into the habit of going to bed later and later, which means less and less sleep. It’s important to get between 7 and 9 hours of shut-eye a night, so if you’re struggling to do so, consider using an app or setting an alarm on your cellphone to remind you that it’s bedtime. And remember: stop your screen time at least an hour before you turn in for the night as the light from these screens can interfere with the production of melatonin in the body.
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