It’s a Spring Thing

by John Murphy, Founder, Make 100 Healthy

This is the time of year that brings flowers, budding trees, bushes and the fragrant smell of freshly cut grass. It also brings allergies and hay fever to some that are susceptible to nature’s elements.

It is also a great time to be outdoors and enjoy the beauty of our area. Prescott has some of the best hiking and biking trails anywhere. Backyard gardeners bask in the sun and get their hands in the dirt to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

There seems to be a renewal of energy in the spring. The urge to play tennis, pickleball and golf heightens. Taking a stroll around the square with your loved ones or your dog is a tradition and a great way to meet new friends and neighbors.

In short, spring brings warmer days and nights with longer daylight hours. This gives us the opportunity to do more than we do during the winter.

Spring always seems to bring a sense of renewal and the feeling of being alive. Psychologically, we might feel this way as a reaction to all the pretty flowers, birds chirping and the trees that seem to bloom overnight.

In a sense, spring is the start of a new season of hope and anticipation. Have you noticed that people seem to be happier, are motivated to get that project done and to improve their exercise and activity regimens?

My personal spring routine includes swimming, golf, hiking and bicycling.

As I’ve mentioned many times, I love to garden and eat freshly grown food. The taste of a tomato grown in your own garden is delicious. Eating the cucumbers, peas, lettuces and other vegetables I grow allows me the opportunity to eat nutritious food. It’s fun too!

How can you maximize spring to best advantage? Here’s a few tips:

  1. Make a list of all the things you’ve wanted to do and make a plan to do them.
  2. Plan dedicated time to be outdoors. Feel the sun energize your body.
  3. Commit to eating locally grown, natural fruits and vegetables.
  4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Make sure you don’t get dehydrated.

Spring is an amazing time to be healthy, active and social. I guess it’s a spring thing.

Enjoy this wonderful time of year.