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February 20, 2013

Spring Thaw: 5 Tips To Get You Ready For Winter's End

Ice-thawAs the sun starts to steal back its time in the sky from Old Man Winter, Dadcentric offers up 5 tips to prepare you for spring’s upcoming thaw. From building a garden bed to grow your own food to concocting a time management plan to help you stick to your diet & exercise, this advice will surely help you adhere to a healthier lifestyle. The efforts you put in now will reap rewards in the future.

1. Build a Raised Garden Bed: An excellent way to start getting your mind wrapped around your future garden. Whether you choose to grow vegetables or herbs, nothing to more satisfying—and healthy for you—than making a dish with fresh ingredients from your garden. http://eartheasy.com/grow_raised_beds.htm

2. Clean: The spring clean is a longstanding tradition for many families. As soon as the weather is mild enough, open those windows and get to cleanin’, dustin’ and moppin’. Take the sustainable and family-friendly way by using all-natural, all-purpose cleaners. A clean place will surely impress your friends and family. Trust me. http://www.etsy.com/shop/soulshineproducts?section_id=11246729

3. Prepare for Exercise: Don’t wait for the first day of wearing shorts before you try to dig into your shed for your bicycle. Make sure the gears are working, your brakes are tight and the chain is oiled before the urge comes to hop on for a ride to make good on that New Year’s Resolution to live a healthier lifestyle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1474

4. Make a Schedule: Today’s lifestyle is a busy and hectic one—so planning what to do with your free time is crucial. Too often, people overlook the obvious options when it comes to making the most out of spring weather moments. List makers and task takers will find a more fruitful and rewarding life just by taking a few moments to plan out a month or two of weekend activities. There are plenty of templates (http://www.scheduletemplate.org/calendar.html) as well as a few apps out there to help you get started (http://www.cozi.com)

5. Diet: With the raw vegetables your our growing in your garden and the exercise routine you’ve mapped out for the upcoming months, you can parlay this to adhere to a nutritionally beneficial diet. For some, a vegetarian and/or vegan diet can be a challenge with their strict guidelines, but if you simply reduced your sugar, sodium and saturated fats you’ll find improved stamina and better focus in your day-to-day life. (http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_diet.htm)



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