The Doctor’s Orders – A Few Healthy Habits for Spring

Dr. Janet Seabrook

By Janet Seabrook

We made it! Snowstorms are a thing of the past (I hope), the temps are on the rise and spring will be here in a matter of days! We often think of this time of the year as an opportunity for fresh starts and new beginnings. Well, so do I and would love to offer some healthy habits to embrace to go along with other goals you have set for the upcoming season:

Get Moving. Many have been stuck inside due to weather, quarantine, work and a myriad of other reasons. Let that hint of sunshine and warmer days be just the motivation needed to get out to do some exercise. Grab that mask and take a brisk walk or jump some rope in the back yard. The physical activity is up to you. Just get moving!

Drink More Water. If I could insert this in every one of my articles, I would! Up your water intake! It’s cleansing, refreshing and has countless benefits for our health and weight loss goals. You can even jazz up the taste by infusing lemons, cucumbers and other fruits and veggies that please the palate. The recommended amount to consume is half the amount of your weight in ounces. (For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, drink 75 ounces of water daily.)

Find a healthy hobby. Nothing is more fun than starting a healthy hobby in the spring. For me, it’s gardening! I can’t wait to get outside and plant a host of produce that will ultimately be included in the recipes that are periodically posted on my website

What’s your hobby? Perhaps there are household projects that need your attention or a virtual book club you’ve been wanting to join. Selecting a hobby and committing to it is great for your mental health. It gives the mind rest from more stressful activities and offers a chance to have some fun.

Research your Health History. Ever ask why certain ailments or conditions happen to you? It could be heredity. With all of the technology that exists, it’s much easier to track down records that help determine what medical conditions run in your family. Once empowered with information, you are better equipped to take preventative measures and recognize any signs or symptoms for early detection.

Get your Check-ups. If you haven’t already, go ahead and schedule your annual check-ups and exams. Doctor’s orders, and that’s all I have to say about that!

Continue to embrace COVID-19 safety guidelines. Finally, be reminded that just because vaccinations are being administered nationwide, COVID-19 is far from over. Even in springtime, please continue to mask up, wash your hands, disinfect and socially distance.

Spring is a great time to commit (or recommit) to a healthier lifestyle! Who’s with me? Your health matters!

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