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Spring Health Benefits

February 24, 2016

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Most of us are still experiencing winter's last hurrah, but there's no doubting that spring, that season of life and rejuvenation, is just around the corner! There are lots of things to look forward to about spring, including these awesome health benefits! 

Daffodils are a sure sign of spring!Daffodils are a sure sign of spring!Courtesy of The Guardian

Extra Daylight

  • You may already have noticed that the days are getting quite a bit longer - right now, the sun comes out significantly earlier and stays out later, meaning more daylight for us! The timing of our extra light will change when the clocks go forward, but it'll still be there. 
  • Extra daylight means the potential for extra time outside, which can lead to more opportunities for exercise (like walking, hiking, or running). It's time for your body to wake up after sleeping the winter away! 
  • As winter weather subsides, hopefully you'll be starting to see more sunshine in your life. Head outside to soak it up! Our bodies get vitamin D from the sun's rays, which can strengthen our immune system as well as keep our bones strong. If it's a super sunny day, though, you might want to consider putting on sunscreen. 

Take some time to bask in the sun's rays this spring. Take some time to bask in the sun's rays this spring. Courtesy of timeanddate.com

Fresher Foods

  • You might not be noticing this yet, but as spring progresses you should be seeing fresher foods available for lower prices at the grocery store. Kale, asparagus, peas, and radishes are among the vegetables that are likely to reach their peak during the spring season. 
  • With the weather getting warmer, your body's natural cravings will probably change too. In the winter, it's common for people to crave heavy, carbohydrate-rich foods. Now that spring is on the way, though, you might find yourself looking forward to a healthy salad or some fresh steamed veggies. 
  • With the sense of renewed life that spring brings, it can also be a good time to embark on a healthful new routine, which may involve introducing fresher foods into your diet. 

Grab some fresh kale this spring!Grab some fresh kale this spring!Courtesy of berkeleywellness.com

Spring Break

  • It's fairly common, at least in North America, for students to get some kind of break during the spring. The exact timing may change depending on where you life, but it's typical to get a week or two off of school at this time of year. 
  • You're probably excited about spring break just because it means missing school, but you may not be aware that spring break is actually good for your health! It's an opportunity for you to de-stress, spend some time outdoors, and refresh yourself after a long winter sitting at your desk. 
  • This spring break, make sure you give yourself lots of time to head outside and enjoy the sights and smells of spring!

Who doesn't love spring break? Who doesn't love spring break? Courtesy of blinkofyoureye.com

There's a good reason why a lot of people consider spring to be their favorite season. After a long winter, seeing sunshine and experiencing milder weather will add a little pep in anyone's step!

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