Living and Wellness Spring Clean Your Health By Urgent Care, March 19, 2014 Spring has finally sprung, and you know what that means: time for spring cleaning. Although washing your windows and scrubbing your floors are important, we encourage you also to take the time to spring clean your health. So open up your windows, get some fresh air, and read through these tips on how to tidy up your well-being. Come out of hibernation – It’s our body’s natural reaction to become more lethargic in the winter. With the cold temperatures and fewer hours of sunlight, we tend to want to stay indoors and sleep more. Now that spring is here, wake yourself up and make an effort to become more active. Spruce up your exercise routine – A lot of us are guilty of slacking off with our physical fitness in the winter. Now that it’s warming up outside, throw your cold weather excuses in the garbage and get moving. Take advantage of the weather and move your workout outdoors. Whether you enjoy walking, biking, or any outdoor sport, a change in your routine could make all the difference. Clean out your refrigerator and pantry – Bad eating habits are quick to form in the winter. Take this time to clear out that junk food that you’ve been harboring and opt for fresh fruits and vegetables. Want the best of what’s in season? Go for asparagus, spinach, pineapple, and strawberries, to name a few. View a full list of seasonal produce. Throw away old products – Check the labels and clear out expired prescriptions and products that might be hiding in the back your medicine cabinet and make-up bag. Tidy up your home – Spend a day cleaning out the dust and dirt that has been burrowing in your home this winter. Allergy season is upon us and a clean home can go a long way in reducing the likelihood that you fall victim to allergens. Schedule check-ups – Most of us only go to the doctor when something is wrong. Make the choice to be proactive with your health this spring. Schedule your annual wellness appointments to make sure that you are staying on track for a healthy future. De-stress – Spring is a rebirth. Embrace this idea by re-evaluating your priorities and be sure to put your mental well-being on the top of that list. With more sunlight and that fresh spring air, take the time to relax and enjoy doing the things that you love. That errand can wait until later.