The warmer weather and bright skies in spring can bring about a great amount of excitement after the winter months. The changing of the seasons is also an excellent time to adopt new healthy habits or take control of any existing health problems triggered during this time. Here are a few tips to make this season much more healthy and enjoyable:
Remove Allergy Triggers: Spring time is synonymous with plants being in full bloom, which also means that you can expect there to be more outdoor and indoor allergy triggers such as pollen and dust mites. You can control allergy symptoms by regularly washing linens and blankets, avoiding outdoor time when the pollen count is high, and taking time to talk to your doctor about any remedies that can alleviate your symptoms.
Start a New Workout Routine: Warmer weather and bright skies in spring means that conditions are perfect for gettingoutdoors. This is a great time to add variety into your exercise routine with activities such as hiking and running. Make sure to consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.
Protect Your Skin: As you spend more and more time outdoors, it is important to take precaution to protect your skin by wearing sunblock. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you choose a sunblock with an SPF higher than 30, and that has UVA-blocking ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule, and oxybenzone.1
Introduce Superfoods into Your Diet: Springtime means that new vegetables and fruit are in season. Think about incorporating super foods such as walnuts, blueberries, asparagus and strawberries to make your diet both healthy and exciting.
1(Ask The Expert: Does a higher-SPF (sun protection factor) sunscreen always protect your skin better?, 2010)