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Spring Into Health

It has been a long winter which goes along with a very long year. In spite of the pandemic, I always recommend that when the season changes it is a good idea to check in with our health. What are we doing to improve or maintain our health and what habits could be a negative effect on our health? There are many things we can be doing for our health at this time and they are not all related to preventing COVID.

1. Examine your diet


It is springtime. It is time to think about incorporating more seasonal produce into your diet. We are coming into the green season. Why not make the effort to choose some local produce? When you eat local, you not only support your local farmers and economy, but you also help the environment by eliminating long distance transportation. Spring produce includes arugula or any leafy greens, asparagus, garlic scapes, scallions, and strawberries.


You might want to consider joining a CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture). You pay the farmer up front for a season's worth of produce. It is a great way to incorporate new vegetables into your diet. I have an entire past blog post on how much I love my CSA.


2. Start or continue your outdoor exercise routine


The days will eventually become warmer and we will have more hours of daylight which is a perfect combination for exercising outdoors. The American Heart Association recommends moderate exercise for at least 150 minutes per week or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity.

You might want to consider incorporating a walk into your day. Regular walking can reduce your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, stroke, and some cancers. It will also decrease your stress level and can help you lose weight. Walking among trees has been shown to lower your blood pressure and boost your immune system too. Green exercise (a term for outdoor exercise) has been shown to boost our moods.


Gardening which includes planting, weeding, raking, and mowing the lawn counts towards your 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians has said that doctors should "prescribe a course of gardening for people who come to them with depression or stroke".

3. Protect yourself from the sun


Remember if you are spending time outdoors to wear sunscreen. A hat and sunglasses are also helpful in protecting you from the sun's rays. As the temperature rises, remember to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. It's a good idea to carry a water bottle with you. Make an effort to use a reusable one to help the environment.


4. Check in with your doctor


Schedule your physical and make sure you are up to date with your screenings and vaccinations.


5. Continue with the COVID prevention habits.


Wear a mask when in public. Maintain proper social distancing. Wash your hands often and well. Get the vaccine when it is your turn.

If you are overwhelmed by your healthcare concerns or do not know where to start, please reach out to me. As a healthcare advocate, I can give you the advice you need to manage your health. Have a safe and healthy spring.


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