As you probably know, exercising and staying fit is important. After all, it benefits your physical and mental health, and your overall wellbeing. But did you know that this is especially true for mature adults? And with spring approaching, it is a great chance for you to revitalize your general health by being active outside in the sun. Hence, here is an essential guide to staying fit this spring.
Did you know that gardening can increase your physical strength, stamina, and flexibility? In fact, gardening can also benefit your general health and quality of life, cognitive aptitude, and socializing. Hence, gardening is a great way to stay fit in spring and appreciate the beautiful flowers and sunshine.
Include Spring Seasonal Food in Your Diet
One common misconception about staying fit is that it only revolves around exercising. On the contrary, it is much more than that. Staying fit also means you need to have a clean and healthy diet. And what better way to enjoy spring than to enjoy the delicious and healthy produce of spring? In the spring, many fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits are in season, including peppers, mushrooms, radishes, asparagus, cucumbers, strawberries, rhubarb, and sweet potatoes. According to Dietitians of Canada, eating seven to ten servings of vegetables and fruits per day will help to lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Drink More Water When Exercising
Apart from exercising to keep fit, did you know that drinking water during your workout can also benefit your health? According to the American Physiological Society, mature adults who drink enough water after being physically active can prevent dehydration and gain more cognitive health benefits from exercising. In fact, the study by the American Physiological Society also showed that those in their golden years often have diminished thirst perception. Thus, drinking water while exercising is especially crucial for mature adults.
Spend Time Outdoors Safely
Did you know that research by Psychological Science found that spending time outside in warm, bright spring weather boosts happiness and cognition? And according to Cleveland Clinic, moderate sun exposure for mature adults who are at risk for low vitamin D strengthens bones and may lower the incidence of colorectal cancer, hip fractures, stroke, and heart attack. It also aids in the prevention of depression and sleeplessness. Hence, it is important for you to spend time outdoors. However, it is even more crucial for you to do it safely and ensure you do not get overexposed to the sun. You can stay safe by wearing sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves, and sunglasses.
Take Care of Any Seasonal Allergies You May Have
According to the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, spring is the worst season for allergies. Hence, if pollen is a trigger for you, the University of Toronto recommends closing doors and windows to keep it out and wearing wraparound sunglasses when outside. Also, to avoid possible side effects like sleepiness and disorientation, see your doctor about the best allergy drugs.