Spring is in the air and thoughts turn to walks in the sunshine and spending more time outdoors. It is also a wonderful opportunity to tune up your body. Let's be honest. Many often neglect their body during the cold winter months when they are covered up in heavy clothing and coats. It is easy to pack on a few extra pounds under all those layers of fabric. Stress is a big issue. While many turn to eating to relieve stress during the winter months, others get SAD (seasonal effective disorder). Energy levels and fitness levels drop during this time of neglect. It takes a certain amount of dedication and persistence to get moving on the right track, but it is possible with the tips included here for a complete (healthy) Spring Body Make Over.
Change your eating habits- A lot of toxic chemicals are added to the foods that we eat. It is time to take control of the food and amount digested daily. Start by lowering the quantity of saturated fats in your diet, cutting out snacks, and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Get more of the right type of exercise - Many people place their exercise regimen on hold during the winter months because it is difficult to get outside and jog or simply walk. While others go through the motions and perform a few exercises at home. Often, exercising is simply focusing on aerobics or cardio to get in shape. Research shows that a combination of exercises works best. Start with cardiovascular exercises five or more days per week. Add strength training exercise two or three times per week. Don't forget to stretch before and after exercising. Always start the workout with ten minutes or more of stretching exercises to warm up the body. End the exercise session with the same stretching exercises to cool down the body. Aim for at least 30 minutes per exercise session.
Drink more water - Over half of the body is made up of water. Every fiber in the human body relies on water to function properly. It is clearly important to keep hydrated to stay healthy. In fact, good old water makes the body functions properly while boosting energy levels. Medical research suggests that the average person requires at least eight glasses of water a day to stay fully hydrated.
Reduce stress - Stress is mental as well as physical. We all experience various forms of stress during the day. Extreme stress or stress overload places the body in a fight or flight mode. The adrenaline is pumping. Chemicals in the body and brain max out. This leads to the body burning enormous amount of calories and essential nutrients, leaving one feeling depleted and even more stressed. So, what is the key to reducing stress levels? Well, a quick way to reduce stress buildup at work is to get out in the open air and walk it off for several minutes. Or another quick approach is to just stand up at the desk and perform a few stretching exercises for a few minutes. Afterwards, sit in your chair and relax while sipping some bottled water. Use the ideas here to tune up your body this Spring and live a healthier lifestyle.