Spring starts a new season, which makes it an excellent time to focus on family wellness. After a long winter, you and your parents may not have gotten as much exercise as you should have. It’s hard to keep up with walks outside when it’s cold and snowy. Now is a great time to change that.
Spring wellness covers everything from getting enough exercise to taking time to de-stress. Here’s a list of spring wellness tips that can help you and your parents.
Get Outside and Get Active
Spring weather entices people to get outside. It’s warmer, which makes it appealing to go out for hours instead of minutes. Choose activities that you and your parents enjoy. That might mean walking in a park or planting a garden.
Make sure you’re all wearing sunscreen. You want a cream, gel, or lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher that’s broad-spectrum. Broad-spectrum means it’ protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours or after getting wet.
If your parents do like to garden, there’s the added benefit of having nutritious vegetables later in the season. That helps with the second spring wellness tip.
Improve Your Diet
Spring’s a good time to work on your diet. Vegetables and whole grains come first. Lean proteins should be secondary to vegetables and grains. Ideally, your dinner plate should be half vegetables and fruits, a quarter grain, and a quarter lean protein.
Why work on your diet in the spring? In many regions, spring kicks off the annual farmers’ markets. Buy fresh produce that’s grown and harvested locally and not shipped across the country. It’s fresher and full of nutrients. If you start a garden, you’ll have an ample supply of vegetables in your family’s backyard.
Many people don’t get enough water. Sugary sodas and fruit juices do have water, but they’re also packed with sugar. Ideally, you want to drink water all day. If you don’t like the plainness of water, add a slice of lemon or lime. Seltzer is a good substitute for water if you’re missing the fizz of soda.
It used to be recommended that people drink eight small glasses of water every day. Sixty-four ounces of water falls a little short of the recommendations today. The goal for women is two liters, and it’s around three liters for men. If you’re more active or sweating profusely on a hot day, additional fluids are needed.
Do your parents need support and encouragement to get outside, eat healthily, and drink plenty of water? If you’re not able to stop in daily, hire caregivers to check on them. Caregivers can help them with outside activities, make sure they eat well, and refill their water glass throughout the day.