Shake up your fitness routine
Most of us hibernate during winter. Take advantage of the warmer weather to rethink your attitude toward exercise.
There are so many positives associated with increasing your activity levels. You can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes; lower your blood pressure; improve your mood; reducing stress; and so much more!
Aim to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days of the week. Walk, swim, play tennis, dance – there are so many options! Maybe you could even take up a new sport this spring.
Take a look at your diet
Spring is a great season to add new fruits and vegetables to your diet.
- Try to include three or more colours per meal
- Aim to make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Snack on more raw foods, such as raw nuts, carrots, berries or celery
You can find healthy eating tips and portion size advice at https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au
Schedule a health ‘tune-up’
Visit your doctor and get checked for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and even your heart. With the warmer weather approaching, t's also a good idea to get your moles checked. And don’t forget to mention if you’re planning start a new exercise routine.
Do a digital detox
Don’t let phones, laptops and tablets take over your life. Ditch the digital devices and take up a new hobby, it could be a sport, volunteering or a craft.
Get outdoors or spend ‘face time’ instead of ‘screen time’ with friends.
Taking a break from technology can help you feel more productive and boost your mood.
Clean out your medicine cabinet
If you open up your medicine cabinet, there’s a good chance you’ll find some old prescription bottles or over-the-counter medications that need to be tossed.
Examine everything including ointments, supplements and vitamins, and discard anything that is beyond its expiration date or is more than a year old.
Be Sun Smart
With the weather warming up, don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun.
Slip, slop slap - wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, and use broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15.