4 Tips for Staying Healthy and Active This Spring

As spring arrives and the flowers start blooming, seniors can prioritize their health with these four key tips! These helpful strategies promote overall well-being and vitality during the spring season, and help you take full advantage of the warmer weather. Keep reading for some great tips!

Safely Enjoy the Sunshine

Now that the weather has become nicer, it’s time to enjoy some time outdoors in the sun! Safe sun exposure is great for soaking up much-needed vitamin D, which is important for bone health. Spending time in the sunshine is also helpful for improving both mood and sleep. To still enjoy the sun’s warming rays safely, it’s recommended to wear a wide-brim hat, long sleeves, sunglasses, and sunscreen.   

Incorporate Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables into Your Diet 

As the seasons transition from dreary winter to promising spring, a fresh new crop of fruits and vegetables also starts appearing! Fruits and vegetables are a healthy part of your diet year-round, but switching it up with the arrival of spring will help you gain extra nutrients from your food while preventing your meals from becoming too boring. 

Eating with the seasons is a great way to be environmentally conscious while also enjoying what nature has to offer! Eating fruits and vegetables during their peak season means they’re at their freshest, have the best flavour, and are also the most nutritionally dense.  

A few seasonal items to look out for this spring include:  

  • Peppers 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Radishes 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Spinach 
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Asparagus

Spend Time in Nature 

This is what we’ve been waiting for! Being able to safely spend time in nature during the spring season is something we look forward to all winter long. Whether it’s taking a walk in the fresh air or stopping to enjoy the flowers, spending time in nature is a great way to stay healthy and active this spring. It offers a variety of benefits, like improved mood and boosted energy levels. Outdoor activities are also typically more enjoyable than indoor activities, meaning you’re more likely to maintain a routine that includes outdoor activities over one that keeps you inside.  

Increase Your Water Intake 

As seniors begin to spend more time outdoors being active, it’s a great reminder for them to also increase their water intake. To combat the dehydration of additional physical activity, make sure you increase the amount of water you’re drinking every day to match it.  

Seniors can also have diminished thirst perception, which makes hydration extra important during these warmer and more active months. The more active you are and the more time you spend outdoors this spring, make sure you’re drinking more water!  

Spring is such a wonderful time of the year, and we hope these tips help you get out and enjoy this sunny season!