Isn’t it wonderful when the weather turns warmer, the grass turns greener, and leaves and flowers begin to bud? When spring is in the air, many people find it a great time to return to healthy habits. Sometimes it can be difficult during the winter to exercise and eat right; it gets dark so early, and comfort foods and holiday foods are plentiful. With the change in weather, it is a great time for a change in health, or “spring cleaning” of your diet and lifestyle!
One way to start out can be simply adding back more fresh fruits and vegetables. You can even plant your own in a garden, or grow a small pot of tomatoes in your home! Gardening is not only a great way to ensure you have the freshest produce, but it is also a way to get physical activity! Gardening is also a great learning experience for children, so be sure to bring them along with you! Easy and fun produce to plant include green beans, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, and lettuce.
It is important to remember that there are many other uses for fresh fruits and vegetables besides salads. Here are some great ways to include more fresh produce:
As the weather warms up, it is also a great time to begin incorporating more physical activity into your day. When the weather is nice, park your car farther away in parking lots, walk more to your destination if you can, and go for after dinner walks with the family. Walking is an excellent way to stay healthy, and it is a great form of physical activity that people are more likely to stick to.