4 Spring Cleaning Tips

Late Spring cleaning

The first day of spring is just a few days away.  That glorious season where windows can once again be open and fresh air can bask any room giving it a clean feeling.  Spring is also a season for new growth and beginnings.  It’s an awesome time for renewal and rejuvenation of things once left behind.

Spring also denotes the perfect time of year to rekindle those new years resolutions we may have let slip over the past few months (ahem… comfort foods in lieu of the not so comforting temperatures of winter).

Here are 4 great tips on spring cleaning your life, sure to get you pointed back in the right direction.

  1. Open some windows – letting the breeze in your home not only re-humidifies the excessively dry air that’s been circulating from your ever on furnace.   Additionally air flow is fantastic in reviving feng shui and stability within not only your house but your life.
  2. Get outside – the weather is clearing up and the days are beginning to stay lighter longer.  What better opportunity to get out for that run, jog, walk that was once your new years resolution.  Need some motivation?  Sign up for a run/walk or 5K going on this year.  What better motivation then knowing you have a goal to work toward.
  3. Eat more greens – The cold of winter air is fading as is dreading cold meals like salads and fruit. Say bu-bye comfort foods and hello to making fabulous salads and fruit combos stocked with fresh ingredients.  Set your next few months up for success by planting a few staple vegetables in a garden or container box.  Once that kale or spring beans or squash begin to grow you’ll be able to reap benefits of fresh healthy food all summer/fall long.
  4. Clean your house – Dust bunnies get out!  Spring is the perfect motivation to deep clean those not so clean areas in our homes (aka windows, dusty shelves, salted kitchen floors and entryways).  Not only will your house be gorgeous once again but you’ll also burn a ton of calories in the cleaning process!  So scrub, scrub away!

These are just four  of the many easy ways to incorporate health into the new approaching season.  What other ways or goals do you set for yourself as Spring approaches?  Share with us!

Written  by: Kimberly Hale

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Exercising Mistakes to Avoid

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We all know by now how essential exercise of some sort is to our lifestyles.  In fact I came across a recent stat that mentioned those classified as “obese” were putting in less than an hour of exercise a year! There are more reasons pointing to the benefits of exercise than those against it.  So if (I really mean when) you are going to carve out the time to fit in a workout why not make the most of it?

 

Below are 5 exercises pitfalls to avoid to make sure you are maximizing your effort and don’t end up injuring yourself:

 

1)      Putting in the time, but not the effort – folks get into a gym habit, and when something becomes easier they don’t increase the intensity, leading to a plateau in weight loss and no improvement. Too many of us believe 30 minutes a day on the elliptical will solve our body issues, when the reality is, “If you want serious results, you need to do serious exercise.” Make yourself sweat! (http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/sampleworkouts/a/WorkoutMistakes.htm)

2)      Never changing your workout – this issue is in line with the gym habit we just mentioned. Not only do you have to sweat it out, but mixing up your routine is a surefire way to get impressive results. Simple changes like small weight increases or taking a different group class each week will cause quick and noticeable changes in the way your body fits you.

3)      FORM – if you’re not sure about your position, ASK a trainer or someone whom you know is educated enough to help and not hurt you. If you are certain you are doing something correctly, ASK this same person to double-check your form. I’ve said before that small changes add up to big results – just make sure the results are positive!

4)      Be wary of those machines! – “Weight machines… usually focus on one muscle group at a time, and they don’t replicate the way we move in the course of our daily lives,” according to a Huffington Post article. It continues, “For maximum efficiency, try total-body exercises that involve squatting, bending, lunging and reaching.”

5)      …and one for the ladies: Yoga in general is fine during “that time,” but try to avoid headstands. Doing inverted yoga poses not only adds to your flow, but can make cramps much worse! (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/exercise-during-period#.)

 

Have you heard of any additional exercise no no’s to be avoided?  Let us know!

 

– Kate Milde, Contributing Writer