For most, spring is a time for re-organizing and deep cleaning. The increased sunlight and comfortable temperatures inspire us to shed those unhealthy winter habits and prioritize our mental and physical health. As you begin setting your seasonal goals, whether it’s to eat better or shop less, think about how you can increase your activity and move your body this spring.
You don’t always need a high-impact workout to move your body. In fact, research shows that just 30 minutes of brisk walking a day can have a tremendous impact on your heart health. More important than an intense workout regime is finding activities you enjoy that promote healthy movement. When you focus on activities that encourage both your physical and mental wellbeing, you make it less likely that you’ll avoid being active altogether.
Ways to Move Your Body This Spring
To help you get up and get going, here are a few easy, low-impact ways to move your body this spring:
Biking is a great way to increase your cardiovascular health without putting much impact on your joints. Unlike other forms of cardio, biking isn’t highly strenuous, yet it’s a great way to increase your stamina and endurance. As you cycle, you increase joint and muscle mobility while decreasing your risk of stress and anxiety.
Explore Local Greenways
A great way to sneak in your recommended 30 minutes of daily walking is to explore your local greenway system. With both paved and unpaved trails, greenways allow you to move your body while experiencing wildlife and nature.
Surprisingly, many gardening activities are considered forms of moderate physical activity. Between planting, digging, raking, lawn mowing and more, moving your body in the garden is a great way to increase your physical health. Aside from its physical benefits, like increasing joint mobility and reducing chronic pain, spending 30 minutes in your garden daily has also shown to improve levels of stress and anxiety.
Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market
To get out and enjoy the spring temperatures, try visiting your local farmer’s market. Not only will you help support your local community, but the farmer’s market is a great place to purchase a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that should be included in your diet.
Walk Your Dog
To improve the cardiovascular health of both you and your dog, grab the leash and head outdoors for a walk. Research shows that one of the biggest risks of heart disease is an inactive lifestyle. With just 30 minutes of walking a day, you better stabilize your cholesterol levels while lowering your risk for heart disease and obesity.
At NorthCrest Health, our team of healthcare professionals understands the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. To learn more about ways to move your body this spring, contact one of our primary care doctors today or visit our blog!