Mother Nature can be mighty motivating.
Spring is finally here, along with sunrises before 7 a.m., perfectly balanced temperatures, and the energy we’ve been lacking all winter long. This time of year always evokes a sense of renewal in both nature and ourselves. Anything feels possible — within our grasp — if we just choose to reach for it.
So, with that in mind, here are five spring health goals worth tackling today. Go ahead and harness the power of the season while we still have it!
1. Sign up for your first 5K.
If you’ve always dreamt of crossing one of those finish lines but never quite mustered up the motivation to get started, now is the time. And don’t let your beginner status discourage you — there are plenty of ways to ease into running.
The C25K® app, for example, is designed to take you from your couch to a 5K run over the course of eight weeks. The plan has you alternate between walking and jogging to build up strength at your own pace (and feel great about yourself while doing it). It’s also free, so you really have nothing to lose by giving it a try.
2. Drink more water.
Knowing how important it is to stay hydrated isn’t the same thing as prioritizing it, and most of us don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. Make a point right now to change that.
You’ll be amazed how much better you feel when you’re properly hydrated. We’re talking energy to burn, focus for days, and even a happier digestive system.
3. Finally try that yoga class.
Boutique fitness studios can be seriously intimidating, but it’s worth sifting through those competitive vibes to find the perfect yoga class for you. Taking an hour out of your day to sit with intention, meditate, and stretch and tone your body with mindful, flowing movements is one of the best forms of self-care out there.
You’ll counter a lot of the downsides of sitting at your desk all day, approach problems with a more level head, and even sleep better at night.
4. Dig into even more fruits and veggies.
The produce section of the supermarket is looking mighty fine these days, full of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables that have sprouted over the past few weeks. If there was ever a time to get excited about adding more nutritious plants to your diet, it’s now.
Take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to cook with new ingredients and explore new flavors without overspending at the grocery store. Who knows — you just might end up discovering some new favorites.
5. Spend more time in the great outdoors.
Bust out of that hibernation mode with a force. It might be too chilly to hit the beach or jump in the lake, but you can certainly take to the hiking trails or set out on a long bike ride.
And the more time you spend among Mother Nature right now, the better — especially the urban dwellers out there. You’ll feel rejuvenated by all of the fresh air, boost your vitamin D levels by hanging out in the sun and improve your cardiovascular health by getting some solid exercise.
So, grab some friends and get moving!