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Top Health Tips for Spring

Posted Mar 08 2013 5:54am
With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s beginning to feel like the dark days of winter are over and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. However, for a real sense of brushing away the cobwebs, getting physically fit is a great way to embrace the season and leave you feeling fantastic. Here are the top tips for Spring from AIG Cancer Cover :

Health InsuranceAs the days get longer and the temperature rises, it’s a great time to revitalise your exercise routine, especially anyone who has found their new year’s fitness resolutions lapsed in the face of dark afternoons and chilly weather. Now is the time to get outdoors and make the most of the spring sunshine, so you can go for a walk and enjoy spotting the spring shoots and buds bursting out all over, or put your running shoes on and enjoy the chance to pound the streets without finding yourself up to your knees in an icy puddle. You could even get your bike out and head for a local cycle path or beauty spot – you can have fun and give yourself a work out at the same time.

Healthy eating also becomes more appealing when the weather is nice. Not only does availability of fresh vegetables improve, but it’s a lot easier to motivate yourself to eat a lush salad when you haven’t got chilly feet and several layers of clothing on. Substituting vitamin-rich vegetables for stodgier comfort foods will not only help improve your overall health but if you’re trying to lose weight it’s an excellent start.

If you are considering getting out and about then the warmer weather is also a cue to remember the golden rules of skin protection. Spending more time in the sun means it’s time to slap on the sun screen and it’s always worth checking that you have all you need before you need it – you don’t want to have to make a last minute dash to find some factor fifty when you have already made plans to spend a day enjoying the warm weather. Children need to be especially careful as their skin tends to be more delicate so make sure you give them a good coating before heading to the park or beach. Even before the height of summer, the middle of the day is the time when you’re most at risk so consider finding some shade or be sure that you are reapplying your sun protection as frequently as required.

Anecdotal evidence from bee keepers and farmers suggest that eating local honey may help to prevent or at least reduce the symptoms of hayfever. The theory is that because the honey is made from the heavy grained version of the pollens, it works through a form of desensitising the body and preventing the reaction which causes the irritation of the nose and eyes without actually inducing those symptoms. There is a further belief that because the stickiness of the honey it also traps some of the finer pollens which are usually wind-borne and therefore combats all forms of hayfever. Recommendations for those who want to try this for themselves and see if they can benefit from a sweet way to avoid the horrors of hayfever, you should start eating a teaspoon of honey each day and begin taking it before the height of the hayfever season in order to reap the benefits. Try to find honey which is produced locally from the kind of pollen that you will be exposed to on a day-to-day basis as this will be the most effective.

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