Healthy Habits: 4 Ways to Spring Clean Your Routine


Ready to say goodbye to Old Man Winter?

Last month massive winter storms and freezing temperatures on the West coast and midwest left millions of people in the dark. Some people were without power for more than 10 days. The storms even caused a 100-car pile up, avalanches, and toppled trees.

Now is a good time to celebrate spring. It’s also a good time to change your routine and adopt healthy habits. Here are some things you can do:

1. Get outside

Winter weather plus COVID-19 restrictions put a hold on a lot of things. Chances are pretty good you’ve spent more time at home over that past year than usual. Now’s a perfect time to change that.

Spend time outside. Visit a park. You could even go for a drive with the windows down. Or just open the blinds and invite the sunshine in.

2. Change your eating habits

Take a closer look at what you’re eating...breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. What’s good? What’s not so good?

Spring clean your kitchen and pantry, throwing away anything that’s expired along with less than healthy options.

Then create a plan to eat healthier. Want an easy way to do this? Just check out the Senior-Friendly menu and pick your favorite meals.

3. Be more active

Getting outside is good for your physical and mental health (see #1). But just soaking up some sun isn’t enough. You need to get at least 20 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. 

  • Go for a walk.
  • Hit the gym.
  • Take a fitness class.
  • Pick a workout video and follow along.
  • If you have an exercise bike or treadmill at home, use it.

4. Prioritize your health

Here’s another great way to spring clean your routine and create healthy habits. Prioritize your health. Here are some things you can do.

  • Schedule an annual check-up with your doctor
  • Make exercise part of your daily routine
  • Develop your relationships with family and friends
  • Follow a healthy diet to promote health, prevent disease, and live longer.