think April Showers Brings May Flowers!
This Spring we want to take full advantage of the beautiful weather and make sure to do all we can to exercise our mind and body, so we merge a good blend of positive physical and emotional health! Here are 3 ways to help yourself grow with those May flowers. Start blooming. There’s no excuse.
Nutrition is KEY
Have a plan before you stock up on groceries — both to ensure you pick up the right things, and to avoid panic-buying and wiping out community supplies. (Remember: it’s good to have a robust supply at home, but don’t over stock too much!) For food, it’s a great idea to take inventory of what’s already in your pantry, and then plan around these items to create well balanced meals.
Fitness at any cost!
In case you can’t get to a gym, it’s okay to walk, run or bike outside, as long as you keep a safe distance — ideally about six feet! Many gyms and fitness instructors offer virtual classes, so take advantage of some free online yoga/exercise classes!
If you’re working out at home, we suggest getting creative with things you already own. Use wine bottles for weights, dishtowels for sliders (for exercises like lunges and mountain climbers) or a sturdy chair for step-ups. There are also plenty of no-equipment-required exercises — like squats, burpees, sit-ups, planks, push-ups and mountain climbers — you can do in even a small space.
And take comfort in the fact that physical activity doesn’t have to mean a gym-style workout. Plenty of research shows that everyday activities like walking, gardening and cleaning improve your overall health—so any amount of movement you can squeeze in counts.
Manage Your Stress and Sleep
Managing stress and anxiety is crucial for getting enough sleep—and getting enough sleep is crucial for just about every other aspect of your health. Yoga and meditation are great tools for managing stress, and they can be done in a small space; check to see if your local studio is streaming guided classes. You can also turn to apps like Headspace and Talkspace for virtual mindfulness training and therapy, respectively.
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