Recharge for Spring with Practical Nutrition and Fitness Tips
Dorris Bogus/ ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor on 4th Jan 2023
It is that time of year again when you may think about detoxing, resetting, and reflecting on the past year. The days are getting longer, the sun is warmer, and the parks are filled with more picnickers eating their lunches outdoors with a sense of well-being.
There are plenty of reasons why eating seasonally is important for your health. For one thing, seasonal produce contains higher levels of nutrients than out-of-season fruits and veggies (often at a lower price). Plus, eating locally grown foods helps reduce food miles and supports local farmers.
Eat more fruits and vegetables in as many colors as possible. Red, orange, yellow, green, and purple-blue provide powerful antioxidants called carotenoids. These protect against heart disease and cancer by keeping our bodies free from oxidation damage caused by free radicals.
Consider a Spring Detox Reset
Many people begin a detoxification phase in preparation for spring and summer. This phase usually involves limiting processed foods, eliminating alcohol and caffeine, and eating more fruits and vegetables. The idea is that overindulging during the holidays has left us feeling sluggish and out of balance physically, emotionally, and mentally. By clearing out these toxins from our bodies, we can feel better about ourselves, boost our energy levels and reset our internal clocks for a healthier lifestyle.
It is essential to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially during warmer months when you tend to sweat more. Dehydration can quickly lead to fatigue, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and even muscle cramps. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your body well-hydrated so that it performs its best at any activity you choose.
Add In a Daily Shake to Increase Protein Intake
Protein shakes are an easy way to get extra protein without worrying about cooking anything up or counting calories. They also make great meal replacements for those who are short on time or just need something quick after a workout! Now, more than ever, protein shakes are readily accessible. Stop at any grocery store, department store, or even convenience store, and you can find what you need to avoid spur-of-the-moment stops at fast food establishments.
Start Moving Some Workouts Outdoors
Moving outdoors is great for you. Studies show that people who exercise at least three times per week live longer and have fewer chronic conditions than those who do not exercise regularly.
The American Heart Association recommends getting at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity five days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity three days per week. If you need help figuring out where to start, try walking. It is easy — no equipment needed — and walking can be done anywhere at any time.
Gamify Your Movement
When you have a fitness goal (like running a 5K or losing weight), make it fun by gamifying your movement. For example, if running motivates you, set up a game where you challenge yourself to run for as long as possible without stopping. As soon as you stop running, log what distance you covered before stopping and try again tomorrow!
In the end, nutrition and fitness are about choices, and some of those choices could boost your spring recharge. Whether eating seasonally or adding a protein shake to your daily routine, there is so much you can do to keep your energy levels high and optimize your productivity in the coming months. But it all starts with choices, so if you find one or two tips here that appeal to you, do those first.
All the best to you.