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With the change of season comes the impulse to clean and replace the old with the new. Spring also is a great time to start healthy new habits. Here are a few tips to get a head start:
- Take your fitness routine outside — Warmer weather and longer days are the perfect combination to get active outside. Adults need at least two and a half hours of moderate physical activity (like swimming or bike riding) each week. They should also do strength exercises (such as lifting weights or yoga) two days a week. That may sound like a lot, but you can do it in short chunks. If you take three 10-minute walks each weekday, you can reach the recommended goal for the week! Remember to check with your health care provider before beginning any new fitness program.
- Pile on the fruits and vegetables — Take advantage of the variety of fresh vegetables available during spring. Try to fill half your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal. Vegetables like broccoli, green beans, leafy greens, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Fruit is also a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
- Drink more water — As the heat kicks into high gear, it is harder to keep your body hydrated. Drink plenty of water before going outside and have plenty on hand to stay hydrated. To get more water into your day, keep a glass of water on your desk at work or switch a soda or cup of coffee for a glass of water.
- Check in for a checkup — Spring is a good time to get back to the doctor for a head-to-toe checkup. A routine well-exam gives you the chance to learn more about good health habits and support services, as well as an overall view of the best ways to take care of yourself and your family for a lifetime. Your doctor can also let you know how often you should be screened for high blood pressure, diabetes, and other conditions.
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