The official date for Spring is March 20, with daylight saving time beginning March 14. This is my second favorite season of the year. Here comes the sun!
When Spring comes around, I focus on cleaning my house and yard. But our health needs upkeep too. Along with repainting the fence and plowing the garden, consider putting a health check on your list of things to do this Spring.
-- General health check....Prevention is better than cure. That's why it is important to visit your PCP(Primary Care Physician) at least once a year for a general health check, especially if you are over 40. When did you last have a physical? How about your last dentist visit? Eye exam?
--Look over a list of recommended health screenings. Have you had a cholesterol test? Skin exam? BP check? Remember not to overlook gender-specific screenings, such as mammograms and prostate exams. You can go to the Center for Disease Control website to see what specific tests/immunizations you should be having for your age....www.cdc.gov
--Tantalize your taste bud's with new season fruits and veggies. A higher intake of fruit is associated with a lower incidence of stork and coronary artery disease. High fiber diets have shown to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Stock up on blueberries, blood oranges, avocado's, and pineapple. Asparagus, beans and artichokes are good for you!
--Move more and lift your spirits.... Increase strength reduces the risk of falls and exercise can lead to improvements n cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory and the immune system. The World Health Organization recommends that we should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. Did you know that one hour of digging in the garden is the same as walking for an hour? Or try something new like a salsa class, Pilates, or Tai Chi.
--Set some personal goals. Why wait until New Year's Eve to set some new personal goals? Make a plan and write it down, come up with strategies that will fit in with your lifestyle and set milestones so that you can reward yourself along the way. Regularly review your plan and make some changes if you need to.
--Volunteering..as a volunteer , not only are you giving to the community sector but you can also reap rewards for your volunteer work. Statistics show that people who volunteer gain personal satisfaction, develop social networks, learn new skills, gain work experience, and maintain existing skills.
--When you prepare for spring-cleaning your house, try to choose natural cleaning products that have recently come onto the market, which are safe and will not pollute our environment.
--Diluted vinegar is an effective cleanser in the kitchen and bathroom, and will work for tiles, windows, toilet bowls, mirrors and even carpet.
--For those jobs requiring more elbow-grease, try scouring with baking soda instead of those chorinated cleansers.
--An important part of cleansing your house of the old, stale energy is cutting back on clutter. Simplify your surroundings. Clear out any unnecessary belongings and give those items that are no longer serving you to charity. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT HOW ELIMINATING CLUTTER CAN DECREASE STRESS AND OPEN UP POSITIVE ENERGY IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT!!!
Let's welcome Spring in a healthy way!