The Health Benefits of Spring Time!
Winter is gradually coming to an end. It won’t be long before there are more daylight hours, flowers start to bloom, and the weather gets warmer. If you had a tough winter, spring could be the reset you’re looking for. After all, it’s hard to not want to pick yourself up and enjoy life when the sun is shining and the birds are singing. Swapping winter clothes for easy, breezy pieces can also help put a spring in your step!
There are countless reasons why spring is the best season for many, but did you know that this time of year is actually good for your health?
- MORE DAYLIGHT - Even though daylight savings can throw off your internal clock, the benefits of more daylight outweigh the short-lived sleepiness. Extra daylight gives you more time to spend outside and naturally enhances your mood. Plus, your body will be eager to soak up the nutrients from natural vitamin D now that there’s more of it. Essential for optimal health, vitamin D keeps your bones strong and healthy and is a warm welcome after dark winter days.
2. TIME OUTDOORS - The combination of the extra daylight and warmer weather makes it so enticing to spend as much time as possible outside – whether that’s playdates in the park or dining alfresco. And we can’t forget about exercise. While it can be too cold in winter and too hot in the summer, spring is ideal for exercising outside. For extra motivation, it helps to know that outdoor exercise can even improve your overall wellbeing more than keeping it indoors.
It’s also easier to sneak more time outside into your schedule in spring. Morning jogs, afternoon bike rides, or after-dinner walks anyone?
3.FRESH PRODUCE- We often talk about spring cleaning our homes, but our diets also get reset during this time of year. Don’t beat yourself up for whatever you ate over the cold winter months. It’s normal for the body to crave warm, heavier foods in the winter, and fresh, whole foods as the temperature rises. Instead, focus on all the fresh produce making its way back into your life.
From asparagus and peas to lettuce, carrots, and so much more, fresh food is at an all-time high in spring. Eating seasonally also gives you access to tons of vitamins and minerals to heal and support your body from the inside. With more flavor in fresh produce, it takes less effort to prepare delicious and nutritious meals too.
4. HEALTHIER HOME - Speaking of spring cleaning, your home is another area of life that gets a boost from the change of seasons. There’s nothing like opening the windows and welcoming fresh air into your home once again. Not only does fresh air provide a nice breeze as you work up a sweat while cleaning, but it also helps with lung health, increases oxygen flow, improves digestion, and lifts your mood. Likewise, an organized space reduces and increases productivity – all while burning calories!
- SKIN HEALTH -The freezing temperatures and strong winds can take a toll on your skin and hair. Spring is when you can ditch the thick moisturizers and go more natural. However, even though you may feel like you don’t need to use moisturizer, you should still prioritize sun protection with SPF. Remember that SPF 15 is a daily essential no matter the time of year. When it comes to hair, you don’t have to worry about the frizziness that summer heat tends to cause yet either. Help it stay healthy by leaving it as natural as possible.
- SPRING BREAK - Do Christmas holidays feel like a long time ago? You’re not alone. Fortunately, the spring holiday comes just in time to give you some much-needed rest and relaxation. Whether you’re heading off somewhere or planning a staycation, taking a break of any sort comes with health benefits. Stepping away from daily stress can boost your immune system, help you catch up on sleep, and reduce stress levels – to name a few. Going on holiday can also boost your productivity and creativity, so you can return to work at your best.
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