Getting Ready to Spring Forward

woman-sunset-arms-upWhile the weather hasn’t been that great in New York as of late, hints of spring are already upon us. The weather is starting to warm up and daylight savings time is about to give us all an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. Here’s how to get a head start on that spring forward by prepping yourself for the warming weather.

Revisit Those New Year’s Goals

It might be painful to pull out that list of what you hoped to achieve this year, but the beginning of spring is a good time to look at those goals you set to see how you’ve been doing. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Chances are good some of your goals will look overly ambitious with two months of hindsight. Reassess those goals and use your experience so far to shape them into something to reach for that’s still achievable. If you’ve fallen off of the bandwagon entirely, take this as an opportunity to get back on and try again. Try and find an accountability partner who will help keep you on track and also give you encouragement when you hit your milestones.

Get More Sleep

I know that some people don’t have a problem with this, but many of us still don’t get the recommended seven to nine hours we need for optimal functioning. On top of that, we’re going to lose an hour on March 8th when the clocks jump forward. Sleep is essential for proper brain functioning and helps boost our memory, keeps us creative and elevates our mood. There’s even evidence that getting enough sleep can help control weight gain and lower your risk for high blood pressure and diabetes. So take the time change as an opportunity to reset. You’re going to have to get used to a new bed time and wake up time anyway, so schedule out at least seven hours for yourself and work your new schedule around that.

Focus on Healthy Eating

Pretty much everyone I know could do with more health food in his or her diet, myself included. I know it can seem intimidating to dramatically change what you’re eating if the food you eat right now isn’t taking your health in the right direction. That’s why I developed and launched my Total 10 and Total Choice plans at the beginning of this year. The Total 10 Rapid Weight-Loss Plan helps you drop a few pounds as motivation for eating better. The Total Choice Plan helps you keep that weight off and shifts you to a long-term better eating strategy. Both are easy to follow, and the Total Choice Plan allows for plenty of variety and comes with a long list of delicious and healthful recipes to teach you how to eat well.

Make Time to Move More

The winter provides an easy excuse not to stay active. When it’s cold and icy out, you can convince yourself that it’s better just to stay at home. It’s time to drop that excuse. The weather’s getting warmer and pretty soon we’ll be having some of the best weather of the year. Set up good habits now by making an exercise schedule. Find a buddy who’s willing to work out with you at least one or two days a week. Remember, you only need 20-30 minutes a day to hit your minimum. Check out some of my workout videos that you can even do in the comfort of your own home.

Enjoy the Sun (in a Healthy Way)

Unless you live in one of the warmer regions of the country, you’ve probably been sun-deprived for the last several months. Low sun exposure means low vitamin D, which can have potentially serious health consequences. Sun exposure is also essential for boosting your mood and keeping you feeling energized throughout the day. If the sun is out, you should aim to be as well for at least a little while. Just make sure you put on sunscreen before you leave. You should use at least SPF 15 on any exposed skin and reapply every hour or so, especially if you’re doing something active.

If you’ve been looking for the right time to get your health back on track, now is the moment. Join me in using the spring to re-energize your wellness goals and to move towards the best version of yourself.