It has been a long Winter where we have just spent the last few months drawing our energies inward, reducing activity and eating slow-cooked hearty soups and stews. It’s now time to emerge with the fresh new energy of Spring by adding more bounce to our daily activity and our food. Just like nature, we need to transition our bodies and minds for the longer, lighter days ahead and welcome Spring wholeheartedly.
Spring signifies the time for cleansing and rejuvenating so here are some tips to welcome your body and mind into Spring.
Hot Water and Lemon – Start your day with a glass of warm lemon juice to kick-start your metabolism for the day. The hot water and lemon will help alkalise the body and helps the body cleanse waste and toxins. Not to mention the benefits of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, pectin fibre and vitamin A.
For a bit of extra kick you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper to boost the digestive system and fire up weight loss.
Spring is the time to move from the slow- cooked winter foods to more exciting and vibrant flavours. Start adding more Yang and activity to your cooking. Think colourful, quick stir-fries and lush salads and of course exciting seasonal fruit platters. Green is the colour for Spring with new shoots moving up with the energy and warmth of the sun. So for added vitality in your day try adding some spring onions, lettuces, spinach, peas, and fresh herbs.
After that Winter dormancy it’s now time to shed those extra calories and move, move, move., move the body any way you can The days are warmer and longer so more time to walk, ride, swim and play.
Enjoy little rides to the park or beach, take longer rides with the family on the weekend (take a picnic), try riding to the shops instead of driving, or even try riding to work if practical
Take your first refreshing swim in the ocean to rejuvinate the body, take an afternoon walk and dip at the beach, or try swimming a few laps at the local pool.
Walk in nature any opportunity you can, whether it a lunchtime walk in the local park or a longer hike in the mountains, try getting off an extra tram stop before/after your walk and enjoy a brisk walk instead, walking is very effective fat-burning exercise but aim for 40+ mins a day,
Join a sporting club or just go out and kick a ball, play tennis and have some fun while getting fit at the same time, anything that gets the body moving from, dancing, yoga, skipping, or keeping up with the kids.
ing up with the kids