Dig Into Healthy Living With These 8 Ways To Celebrate Spring
By: Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum
1 February, 2015 by
Dig Into Healthy Living With These 8 Ways To Celebrate Spring
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Ready to dig into healthy living? Spring is one of the best times to put some new healthy lifestyle tips into action. And you don't have to go far to find inspiration and resources for doing this.

What do I mean?I think this is best explained in one of my favorite episodes of the old Yogi Bear cartoon . . .

In this episode, Yogi and his troop of forest creatures trek around the woods singing merrily, "We're all looking for the perfect place where the sky's all blue, the trees' all green, water is sparkling and the air is clean.”

However, when they finally get to the place they thought would be the perfect place, they are disappointed. Trash has littered the area, destroying their idyllic image of it.

Not to be deterred, the troop picked up all the litter. Then, still merrily singing their song, they continued on their quest to find the perfect place.

Funny enough, they are so busy cleaning up and singing about the perfect place that that they don't notice what they've created. Thanks to all their cheerful work, they've transformed the spot into the perfect place of their dreams!

It's easy to see how we can easily miss the beauty of a neighborhood because it's filled with trash. But the truth is, we do the same thing with our bodies and our lives in general.

We tell ourselves that somewhere out there is the magical solution to transform ourselves and achieve good health and happiness, when usually the resources and inspiration for doing this are very close to home.

You just need to open your eyes to previously overlooked opportunities and put a little energy into making some changes. Happiness and healthy living isn't that far out of reach!

So this spring, plant seeds for growth and transformation, both figuratively and tangibly, by tapping into resources close to home.By making these healthy lifestyle changes, you can turn your body, your life and your home into the body, life and home of your dreams.

Taking a cue from Yogi and his crew, here are 8healthy lifestyle tips. Use these to celebrate the spring and generate healthy transformation in your life:

Healthy Living Activity #1: Do a neighborhood clean up

No wonder Earth Day takes place in spring. Spring's burst of life, not to mention the trash that's revealed as the snow melts away,can truly inspire you to do a little caretaking of the planet.

It's a great time to do some outdoor cleaning!

So when the thaw comes, grab some trashbags and take your family out on a walk to clean up the roads near your house.

You can take this a step further and organize the neighborhood. You don't have to stick with the roadways. Go to the local park, a hiking spot or even descend on a vacant lot and turn your local spot into the perfect place!

Healthy Living Activity #2: Start learning a new skill

Want to keep your brain and body young so you can live to be 100? Keep learning a priority. In fact, a 2014 study shows learning something new far outperforms computerized brain games in keeping your mind sharp as you age.[1]

And spring, the season of new beginnings, is a great time to start developing a new skill. If there is something you've always wanted to learn, now's the time to do it.

You could purchase a language course and learn Japanese. Or sign up for a ballroom dance class. Maybe check out a book from the library on how to use a compass.

Or take a friend up on their offer to show you how to fix your bike.

It doesn't matter what it is. What's important is that you're adding a new skill to your tool chest and making your brain work a little.

Healthy Living Activity #3: Make a healthy change in your diet

You probably know this already: fruits and vegetables can help you stave off everything from heart disease, to cancer, to death itself. A study in England found that eating a diet with at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables each day can reduce your risk of all-cause mortality at any point in your life by 42%.[2]

When it comes to good eating, nothing is more inspiring than seeing all the fresh greens of spring at the farmer's market: Arugula, spinach, baby bokchoi, kale and chard.

Take advantage of all this good, fresh produce. Add more fresh vegetables to your diet. Haunt your farmer's market, ask questions, try new things. And then experiment in your kitchen with new ways to enjoy these healthy greens, raw or cooked!

And certainly, on top of all of this glorious produce, make sure you give yourself a good nutritional foundation with the super green chlorella.

Healthy Living Activity #4: Explore a new area in your town or city

It's so easy to get stuck in your routine, especially in the winter when it's too cold to go too far off the beaten path. Spring's warmer weather invites you to explore.

So do a little research and find a destination near where you live that you've never visited before. Maybe it's a museum, or a hiking trail, or a neighborhood with some interesting stores and restaurants.

Hop in your car, catch the train, get on your bike or put on your most comfortable walking shoes and go check it out.

Expand your horizons!

Healthy Living Activity #5: Start a new friendship

Our brains are built to socialize. We use all our senses and the most sophisticated mix of brain power to relate. Furthermore, our social web sustains us, providing support and inspiration as we go through life. According to numerous studies, people who have strong social ties are healthier and live longer.[3]

So if there's someone you've been wanting to get to know better, why not take the initiative and invite them to do something together? Maybe take them on your spring exploration. Or invite them over for a farmer's market-inspired meal!

Healthy Living Activity #6: Plan or plant a garden

Of course nothing embodies the spring season more than planting a garden. Spring is the time to plant the seeds for the harvest we depend on to live.

So get your gardening gloves, grab some seed packets or seedlings, and plant something! Maybe you can only plant some herbs in a window box. Or perhaps you have a big spread - big enough to feed your family.

But don't miss out on the deeply human experience of digging your hands into the soil and growing food.

If it's still too cold to plant something near you, this is a great time to plan your garden. Get some gardening books out of the library, rifle through some seed catalogs and get your imagination going! So when the earth finally thaws, you're ready to go.

Healthy Living Activity #7: Clean your house

Around the world, people herald the spring with a good house cleaning - and for good reason! With the doors and windows closed all winter, our homes can build up a good collection of mold, dust and bacteria.

Once the sun starts shining, it's time to give these microbes an eviction notice!

But don't undermine your healthy endeavor by using chemical cleaners and toxins that could harm your health further. Opt for green cleaners, or make your own using white distilled vinegar, essential oils, dish soap and baking soda.

Put on some good music and clean your happy home.

Healthy Living Activity #8: Celebrate life

In ancient Greek mythology, spring is when the goddess Persephone returns from the realm of the dead to the world of the living.

And certainly, nothing is quite so life-affirming as seeing the grey, dead-looking landscape metamorphose. The deep maroon of new woody growth and the lime green of tiny leaves combine to breathe a hint of life back into the land.

Then, before you know it, it's like a circus out there. Insects start buzzing, birds get busy building nests and squirrels chatter from the trees.

Join the natural world in reveling in this return to life. Put together a special dinner or invite some close friends on a picnic. Gather the people you love around you and take the time to enjoy the beauty of the world. Rejoice in healthy living and the energy it brings. Celebrate and savor the life you have.

About Michael E. Rosenbaum, M.D.
Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum is a 35-year veteran and widely recognized pioneer in the field of nutritional medicine, alternative healthcare and medical acupuncture. As one of America's most respected experts in natural health and healing, Dr. Rosenbaum has been a frequent lecturer to professional medical groups and has participated in numerous television and radio talk shows. He is also an esteemed member of the Sun Chlorella Advisory Board, which helps guide the medical innovation behind Sun Chlorella products.

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[1] Park D et al. The impact of sustained engagement on cognitive function in older adults. Psychological Science. January, 2014. 
[2] Oyebode O et al.Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data. J Epidemiol Community Health, 31 March 2014. 
[3] Umberson D et al. Social relationships and health: A flashpoint for health policy.J Health SocBehav. 2010; 51(Suppl): S54-S66. 

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