Days are brighter. Birds are chirping. Flowers are blooming. Better health is in the air! After a long cold winter, there are many reasons to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. In fact, there are proven health benefits that give us even more reason to rejoice and bask in the sunshine. For example, getting outside and breathing in the fresh air and enjoying nature can be very calming and as relaxing as an hour of meditation. On a physical level, it can also improve strength, flexibility and agility.
Read on to learn how to put that extra spring in your step this season:
Participate in outdoor exercise classes. Head outside and get your endorphins flowing by signing up for low-impact aerobics or Pilates. According to a study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, outdoor exercise can actually improve your mental and physical well-being better than working out indoors.
Take a walk. Not interested in joining an exercise class? No problem! Get your walking shoes on and go for a stroll outdoors. Walking is one of the best physical activities for seniors with health benefits including controlling blood sugar, supporting bone and heart health and improving sleep.
A spring-cleaned diet. With peas, asparagus, kale, radicchio, and more fresh foods reaching their peak during spring, the options are endlessly delicious. Not to mention, a spring focused diet can lower your chances of developing conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Arthritis.
Notre Dame Health Care offers a variety of ways for our residents and patients to look forward to brighter days and better health! Our beautiful campus includes walking trails, courtyards and other outdoor spaces that can be utilized for outdoor activities or just enjoying the sunshine with friends and family. Interested in socializing while enjoying the outdoors? Notre Dame offers walking groups and other fun outdoor activities that our residents can enjoy with each other! The Dining Services Teams at our du Lac Assisted Living Residence and our Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Center offer plenty of healthy and delicious choices on their daily menus.
Ready to jumpstart your health this spring season with Notre Dame Health Care?