Here are four savvy ways to prep your mind and body for the new season so that you can savor every moment of it:
1. GET YOUR MOVE ON
5am runs, evening yoga classes, Saturday bike rides—all are tempting, if not necessary, to skip during winter, when the comforts of home are far more enticing than braving the inclement weather.
But now that the sun is peeking behind the clouds—in more ways than one—there’s no excuse to stay inside, draped in layers. Instead, work a healthy dose of exercise into your daily routine.
Happen to be an early riser? Greet the day—and build up a sweat—with a morning jog or walk around your neighborhood; the fresh air and signs of life will contribute to a more joyful, relaxed day. Need a pick-me-up at the end of the afternoon that requires more than a stop at Starbucks? Enroll in an evening vinyasa class, where power moves will send your stresses flying and restorative poses will invite inner calm.
2. COOL DOWN
Can’t summon the energy? Look at it this way: Exercise is, in essence, giving your brain and body a gift that keeps on giving, through heightened strength, increased stamina, better circulation, and enhanced happiness. (Thanks, endorphins!) Fitting into your summery dresses? That’s just a natural—and welcome—byproduct.
In Chinese medicine, foods have either warming or cooling properties. Cinnamon, potatoes, squash—all foods we usually enjoy during the colder months—help stave off the chills (and bring enormous comfort). The balmier weather calls for a shift to foods with, well, cooler qualities. Refreshing salads filled with colorful produce (cherry-red tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, green cucumbers, orange carrots, purple beets) will give you a taste of spring while also giving you a number of key, wonderful nutrients. What’s more, “cooling” foods can help eradicate toxins, bolster digestion, and enrich overall vitality.