The spring season is one of the most exciting times of year. Everywhere you look, new life is being born, plants are growing, flowers blooming, and houses are getting a good spring cleaning!
But during this season where everyone is ready to clear out old socks, unread books, and cluttered messes, or to clean up grime and dirt, it is easy to forget that more than just your house needs spring cleaning – your health does too!
This spring your health care providers have come up with a few ways for you to take care of your body and your loved ones by springing into a healthier lifestyle.
Clean up your fitness routine! If fitness hasn’t been a goal for you before, now is the perfect time to start. As sunny days are on their way, getting outside for exercise should get easier. Here are some simple ways to encourage more physical fitness during your week —
Get in the Garden
Clean up those flower beds! Spring season means lots of work in the dirt for those who love to grow their own veggies or flowers. Tilling the soil, planting new plants, and pruning and trimming are all easy ways to get your body moving and active, while also reaping the added benefits of beautiful, yummy returns on your time.
The Greater Seattle Area is a perfect place for bicyclists. Many beautiful bike trails are there for both your enjoyment and for travelling to and from work. The warm, spring weather creates a perfect opportunity to get back into shape by exercising throughout the week.
Exercise with a workout buddy
Many people find that the warmer spring weather gives them the urge to get moving. Going for walks with friends or coworkers throughout the week is a great way to get your exercise. In Seattle, we are surrounded by beautiful mountain hikes that are different lengths and work well for a variety of fitness levels. Start exploring your ‘backyard’ and enjoy the spring colors in this beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Join a Fitness Class
Yoga, zumba, or other fitness classes are also more fun when you do them with friends. Finding local classes is easy, and there are classes at any time of the day so that you can find one that fits your schedule. Turn your workout time into a fun time with friends. Your friends will make sure that you show up to class and help to keep you motivated.
Frisbee and Other Fun Park Games
Frisbee is a fun and active sport that can easily include everyone in the family. Children can learn hand-eye coordination, and the running, jumping, and laughing is sure to give you a good workout. Other park-friendly games include catch, freeze tag, basketball, soccer, and kickball. These are all good games that include the family or a group of neighborhood kids.
The spring season brings with it a bounty of delicious fresh fruits and vegetables! These yummy foods are a synch to work into your family’s diet, as many of them are great eaten as a snack. Making sure that you and your family are eating healthy and highly nutritious foods is an important part of ‘spring cleaning’ your body.
Here are some of the foods that our nutritionists recommend that are in season during the spring months, and are easily found at local supermarkets and farmers marketers!
Fresh lettuces, spinach, and baby greens make delicious and highly nutritious salads. If you don’t care for salads, get some more greens into your diet by adding handfuls of lettuce into sandwiches, and mixing spinach into soups and pasta dishes.
Radishes and carrots are at their most tender in spring. These tasty veggies can add a pop to a salad, or they be used as healthy snacks in lunches or between meals.
Fresh berries are one of the best parts of spring and summer! Early spring brings strawberries and gooseberries, and summer brings blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Berries are an excellent and delicious way to eat antioxidants and vitamins.
But spring foods don’t stop there – avocado, mushrooms, artichoke, apricots, asparagus, pineapple, mango, rhubarb and sugar snap peas are all in season too. Keep your body clean by eating healthy!
Spring Cleaning Your Body
Everyone knows that spring is the time to clean out your house, your garage, your closets – it’s the season where everything gets a good scrubbing or shining. Shouldn’t it be the same with your body?
Once a year, every adult should have a routine exam with their family care provider. This is a way of ‘spring cleaning’ your body. It gives you the opportunity to get rid of bad habits, identify any problems that have come up in the past year, and make sure that you are able to spring into the warm weather of spring and summer healthy and well.
Here are some of the things you can expect during your routine physical:
A discussion with your family care provider about your lifestyle, including smoking habits, alcohol use, diet, exercise, etc.
Mobility and flexibility
Health of skin and hair
Ears, nose, and throat
These simple check ups can help you and your family stay healthy. These routine exams give your health care provider the opportunity to detect any health issues, whether it is something as simple as a lack of a certain vitamin, to something life threatening, such as cancer or heart disease.
Don’t go into the sunny, spring season without making sure that your spring cleaning is done – inside and out! Contact us to schedule your yearly ‘spring cleaning’ physical exam today!