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Life in Motion

Spring Clean Your Health

Health & Prevention

After a cold winter with a lot of time spent indoors, spring is the perfect time for a fresh start. Make the most out of this spring with these tips.

Kick-Start a Healthy Eating Routine

Spring is the perfect time to get your eating habits back on track. Eating well and maintaining a healthy weight can play an important role on joint health. When a person is even slightly overweight, it can add stress to their joints, especially their weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips. Losing weight can diminish pain and restore function in your joints.

Try these four tips to get you on track to healthier eating habits:

  • Set yourself up for success – Start slow and make changes over time. Aim for weight loss of 1-2 lbs. per week by cutting 250-500 calories per day.
  • Emphasize fruits and vegetables – Mix different vegetables and fruits into your meals making a colorful plate. 50% of each meal should be fruits and/or vegetables.
  • Stay Hydrated – Drink more water, naturally flavored water, or fat free and low-fat milk. This will keep you full for longer, as people often mistake thirst for hunger.
  • Control portion size – Use a smaller plate made up of 50% fruits and vegetables, 25% lean protein, and 25% whole grains.

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

While you are spring cleaning your house, don’t forget about your medicine cabinet. Expired, unwanted, or unused medication should be removed from your home as quickly as possible to reduce the chances of someone accidentally taking them or someone illegally using them. Click here to see how to properly dispose of unused medication.

Plant a Garden

A great way to spend the day outside and get some exercise this spring is to grab your gloves and hit the garden. Gardening not only provides nutritious fruits and vegetables to enjoy, but it can also be relaxing and peaceful.

Explore the Outdoors

Whether you are tired of your indoor workout or new to exercise, try taking things outdoors. Cycling, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming offer fun ways to enjoy the outdoors while getting a great workout in.

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