What comes to mind when you hear spring cleaning? Is it raiding your closet to make room for cute new clothes? Is it getting rid of junk that you don't really need and decluttering? I'll admit, these are the first things that pop into my head when I hear the words. But I think one of the most important ways we can spring clean comes to our bodies! What better time of the year to get in shape and be healthier than in spring? It's right before summer, so you can look and feel your best for bikini season! Plus, its in the beginning of the year, so if you start healthy habits now, they will follow you through the rest of the months! There are many ways we can spring clean that are beneficial to both our physical health and mental health - just read through these and put some into practice to see the difference!
1. Use Lawn Maintenance as Exercise
We usually think of spring cleaning as housework, but the new season is the perfect time to refresh your mind and body as well.
After a winter of being sedentary inside, warm spring weather is the perfect reason to get active outside. Besides its obvious positive physical effects, recent studies show exercise can have mental benefits as well. But if the idea of jogging makes you want to run back inside, that's okay. Simple tasks you probably need, or want, to do in your yard can have unexpected benefits. 'Spring cleaning the lawn with weeding, mulching, and law moving can help you to increase the amount of walking you do each day,' says fitness and nutrition expert Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. 'Planting and maintaining your garden is a great way to boost your overall step count as well as increase the amount of bending and lifting you do.' According to fitness guru Jillian Michaels, gardening can burn up to 256 calories an hour, and lawn mowing 160 per half-hour.