As a 10-Day Spring Reset, I’ve put together a list of 6 simple practices for you to incorporate into your daily routine, to help to give your body and mind the post-winter tune up it needs. Commit to these practices for a full 10 days and see how good you will feel. You may even continue a few of them going forward!
For most of human history we have lived in close connection with nature, but our connection to nature is dwindling. The conveniences of living in cities comes at a price; we are removed from our deep seated need to be connected to nature. And this disconnection can lead to health problems like mood changes and attention problems. So why spend more time in nature? Well, there is increasing research that it is good for your mind and body. Spending time in nature can lower inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, balance your autonomic nervous system, lower stress and improve mood. So this month, how about we all spend more time in nature?
As a whole, we as humans are moving much less often than our ancestors. And that's not good. A highly sedentary and inactive lifestyle increases our risk for numerous health conditions. This month, I challenge you to move your body every day. Further, I challenge you to make sure you are doing both aerobic exercise (the kind that gets your heart rate up, gets you a little out of breath and gets you sweating) and strength training (either using weights, or using your body weight as resistance, as in yoga or pilates).
This month I challenge you to eat your veggies! Lots of them. And all the colors! At least 5 cups a day of them. But if you can, I would encourage you to aim for 9 cups a day this month. And, if you're currently eating none, maybe you commit to 3 cups a day....or even 1 cup a day? OK, half a cup? I know you can do it! Every step towards health makes a difference, and we all have to start somewhere. Choose a goal that works for you.