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Be refreshed and renewed by spring

Posted May 21, 2014 in Advice Column, Beaverdale

As the days are light longer, warmer and brighter, we are thankful that spring is here. When nature begins to rouse from the winter slumber, we look ahead to fresh new beginnings, renewed focus and growth that come with spring.

If you have followed nature’s way and have been a bit dormant during the winter, it’s time to emerge into spring. Spring is the time to look ahead, make new plans, consider new ideas, new hobbies, refresh your home and determine the direction you’ll take for the year.  It’s time to revive our senses and expand our horizons.

I would challenge you to consider doing some spring cleaning for your health as well. Let’s start with what we put into our bodies. Most people eat more during the winter than during the rest of the year. You may have slipped into eating habits that aren’t as healthy as they could be. Spring is a good time to refocus and begin to take steps to get back on track to healthy eating. Before long there will be an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit. Take advantage while these foods are fresh and the taste is extraordinary. Increasing the amount of healthy food choices will improve your overall feeling of wellbeing and improve energy levels.

Spring is a time for all things to get active. This includes our way of thinking and how we approach things. Let your mind be cleared of all the clutter from winter and obstacles of the past. Positive thinkers will look at a situation realistically, search for ways that they can improve the situation and try to learn from their experiences. Findings suggest that not only are positive thinkers healthier and less stressed, they also have greater sense of overall well-being.

Spring is a great time to refocus on daily exercise. Walking is a form of exercise that should be considered part of our normal routine. Walking is cheap, it’s simple, and almost everyone can do it. Walking has a multitude of health benefits. Regular exercise increases the chances of remaining independent and the ability to care for one’s self. Dr. Michael Pratt from the Centers for Disease control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC) says “We used to think that once you got to a certain age, it really didn’t make any difference anymore, but what we’re finding out is that even men and women into their 90s can see major increases in cardiovascular fitness and strength with regular physical activity. “

Get started now. Put some spring in your step, spring in your food, spring in your mind and heart, and spring into your life.

Information provided by Susan Ray, executive director, The Reserve on Walnut Creek, 2727 82nd Place, Urbandale, 515-727-5927, reserveonwalnutcreek.com.

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