Spring into Health: Tips for Rejuvenating Your Wellness Goals

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It’s officially spring! This means it’s time to pack away your winter boots and hats for sandals and cooler clothes. As the weather changes, how will your health and fitness change? Each season can be an opportunity to adjust your routine and take advantage of what a new time of year can bring. Out with the old and in with the new!


Let’s face it. Winter exercise can be hard. Now that the weather is warming up, take advantage of hiking, swimming, and other warm-weather activities. Many people find it helpful to mix up their exercise to avoid falling into a rut. You can also consider alternative ways to get active such as taking walks in the park or shooting hoops with your kids.

Spring Sunshine

Hello, sun! The long, dark days are now longer with more hours of light. Did you know that sunlight helps boost serotonin production? Serotonin is a naturally-occurring neurotransmitter that impacts energy and mood. Many Americans struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter due to a lack of sun, which can lead to depression. Sunshine is also a source of Vitamin D, yet the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that over 40% of Americans are deficient. Spending a little time in the sun can boost your Vitamin D levels.

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

A new season brings a whole new array of fruits and vegetables. Although it can be easy to find fresh fruits and vegetables at the store all year long, buying in season can lower your grocery bill and give you higher-quality produce.

  • Seasonal fruits include: Rhubarb, lemons, kiwis, honeydew melons, cherries, pineapples and strawberries.
  • Seasonal vegetables include: asparagus, carrots, greens, new potatoes, peas and radishes.

Take a trip to a local farmer’s market and see what you can find!


Sleep is important for good health. During the cold, dark months, sleep can become erratic. A long afternoon nap or prolonged screen time can lead to broken sleep. Work towards a structured bedtime and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

New Habits

Spring can beckon other changes to help you care for your body. First, sunscreen! As you are outside more often in the sun, it’s important to apply sunscreen daily to protect your skin. Speaking of skin, remember to moisturize. The winter can dry your skin out, but a good moisturizer can help with this. Also, remember to hydrate. You might need to increase the amount of fluids you are drinking. Being out in the warmer weather can make you sweat and lose fluid. Keep a bottle of water on hand to ensure you are drinking throughout the day.

Spring Cleaning

Take a minute to decide if there is anything in your plan you need to clean up. Spring is a great time to take a look at where you are and decide if any of your habits or goals need a refresh. Should you consider increasing your physical activity? Do you need to be better about eating a healthy breakfast? Find areas that need a little work and get to it! More more spring cleaning tips for your health, click here.

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