Spring Leaning!

9 Ways to Get Ready for Your Healthiest Spring Ever.
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Sure, it’s still February, but spring is just around the corner. Before we know it, harsh winds will be replaced by warm breezes, tree branches will be adorned with little green buds, and crocuses will be poking their brave heads out from newly-thawed soil.

The joys of spring are many, and the seasonal shift that happens in March is one of the most exciting and welcome times of year. This year, why not make the coming of spring even better by doing some work on your end to get spring-ready? Spring cleaning gets a lot of buzz, but there are plenty of ways to extend this idea to help de-clutter and rejuvenate body, mind, and environment so that when spring arrives, you’re as light and energized as the new season.

Here are 9 ways to get started on your own “spring leaning” and have your healthiest spring ever:

  • Clean out your kitchen. Use this as an opportunity to rid your pantry, cabinets, and fridge of anything that’s not nourishing you. This could mean tossing items whose expiration dates have long since passed, donating foods that are just way too tempting, or reorganizing everything to be more easily findable. Having all of your food neatly organized and rid of things you don’t want or need makes it easier to eat healthy and frees up tons of space.
  • Stock up on spring water. When you’re refilling your newly clean refrigerator, make a big pitcher or bottle of spring water one of the additions. Add in some sliced fruit or cucumber or herbs if you’re feeling fancy. Having chilled, filtered water ready to go in your fridge will help you stay hydrated and avoid less healthy drinks (pro tip: put your sodas and beer bottles BEHIND the water pitcher).
  • Eat seasonally. Fill the remaining kitchen space with all the great produce that comes into season in the spring: radishes, spinach, artichokes, asparagus, fiddleheads (seriously, try ‘em!), grapefruit, kumquats, leeks, peas, rhubarb, and more! These “Cupboard Staples” from DietBet player Alena works as a great shopping list.
  • Lose the winter insulation. If you added a little volume underneath your puffy winter coat, you’re not alone—it’s natural to gain a little weight during colder months. But now that spring’s here, it’s time to shed that coat, and those pounds. Four week Kickstarter games are a great way to slim down quick (and we even have a special Spring Leaning game that ends the day before the official start of spring!).
  • Sign up for a race. Having a fitness goal that’s not related to weight loss or how your body looks is a powerful way to shift your focus to a more healthy perspective. Signing up for a race is also a great way to connect with others and make your workouts a fun, community-oriented experience. Whether this means a run-walk 5K or a half marathon for you, there’s the right race, training program, and community for you.
  • Do a fitness audit. It’s easy to get into a workout rut. Signing up for a race is one good way to crawl out of it, but it can also be helpful to do a full fitness audit. Write down all the types of workouts you do, how often you do them, and how each one makes you feel. Then cross out any that you dread or that leave you feeling drained. Add in one or two new types of exercise (be adventurous! Try a TRX class, download a Blogilates workout calendar, or look for a local rock climbing gym!). Mixing things up and making sure you’re only doing workouts that feel good for your body will make it far easier—not to mention more fun—to stay active.
  • New playlists. To fuel your new fitness routine, you’re going to need some great music. Make a workout playlist full of songs that you can’t help but move when you hear. If you need inspiration, DietBet host and celebrity trainer Lacey Stone is always adding new playlists to her Spotify profile. While you’re at it, make a couple non-workout playlists full of songs that just make you happy and will add a little spring to your step when you’re strutting down the street. 
  • Clean out your closet. This isn’t just about making room for new spring clothes. Cleaning out your closet and dresser can be a great exercise for reconnecting with what really matters to you. Think about why you’re holding onto anything you haven’t worn in over a month, and whether it would be better used if you donated it. Toss anything that makes you feel bad about yourself when you wear it—it’s one thing to have a goal to eventually be a different size, it’s another to punish yourself by keeping around clothes that make you feel unattractive. Start your spring with clothing that makes you feel good.
  • Clean out your mind. Just because you can’t see all the unnecessary clutter in your brain doesn’t mean it’s not there. We all keep a bunch of nonsense rattling around in our brains: regrets, embarrassment, negative self-talk. During the weeks leading up to spring, take time to notice the thoughts that aren’t serving you, and make a conscious choice to replace them with an affirmation. Replace “How could I do something so stupid?” with “My past has made me who I am,” and “I can never achieve that” with “I am making progress every day.”

What did we miss? Tell us your “spring leaning” ideas in the comments below!

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How could you extend this idea to other times of year? Come up with ideas for making each seasonal transition an opportunity to reflect, refresh, and renew.