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Spring Cleaning: Inside & Out

Sunday, February 28, 2010

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!
Laura
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  • v JAVAJO47
    Thanks for another wonderful blog full of great reminders for maintaining our health. The one I'm concentrating on is volunteering. I have been taking knitting classes so that I might make hats for an organization that gives them to cancer patients and scarves for the homeless. It does so much for me mentally knowing that in a very small way I'm able to provide for others. I also like your idea of using more natural cleaners in our home. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but so much better for our health than breathing in all those chemicals. As always, I look forward to another great blog on improving our health. emoticon

    Jo Ann
    2282 days ago
  • v IRISH_AGUIRRE
    Thanks for the great suggestions/reminders!
    2282 days ago
  • v JOY1663
    Thank you for the post. This is one of my favorite times of the year especially as the days get longer. Cleaning stuff out and donating that stuff is on my list of things to do for March.
    2283 days ago
  • v SLENDERELLA61
    Thanks for the info and reminders. Spring is a great time for renewal! -Marsha
    2283 days ago
  • v THE_SILVER_OWL
    This is such good information for everyone to read. I really like how you are sharing your expertise with everyone and covering a great variety of health care topics.

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    ~JJ~
    2283 days ago
  • v PATTYSH
    Laura,
    What a great blog! So many good points, and those flowers are gorgeoud. Are they yours? Do you have them blooming now? If so, I am soooooo jealous!!!!

    Thanks for sharing,
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    Patty
    2283 days ago
  • v BMRBUDDY
    Great blog Laura. Being in health care and also having some medical issues, I take routine health checks for granted. It's a great reminder that come spring to start making those appointments and getting all those appointments taken care of and out of the way.
    Spring has always been a time for me too, to declutter. I feel so much more organized and at peace with myself. I'm afraid my Sweetie would call me a "cleaning freak". LOL It just makes me feel good to have all that done and be able to enjoy the wonderful weather that is coming.
    2283 days ago
  • v ISLANDRITER
    I love your idea for not waiting for new year's to do a re-committ for our resolutions!! That really sparked ideas in me for refocusing on my goals and checking what's working and what's not. Thanks, Laura! Smiling, Mary
    2283 days ago
  • v TERI99
    I have been working on that clutter. I think it multiplies!! As soon as I get rid of one pile, I seem to trip on another. Oh well, it is definitely on my list of goals. Hoping the extra daylight hours will give me more energy and motivation. I also want to redo a lot of my gardens this spring. (Assuming the snow melts before June!) But I agree that it does relieve stress!

    2283 days ago
  • v TERI99
    I have been working on that clutter. I think it multiplies!! As soon as I get rid of one pile, I seem to trip on another. Oh well, it is definitely on my list of goals. Hoping the extra daylight hours will give me more energy and motivation. I also want to redo a lot of my gardens this spring. (Assuming the snow melts before June!) But I agree that it does relieve stress!

    2283 days ago
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