Spring Fever: Time to Renew Those Resolutions

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2011 11:37 PM

If you are like most Americans, you went into the New Year armed with well-intentioned resolutions only to have your motivation fizzle out during the winter doldrums. Now, it's time to renew those resolutions. After all, spring is the perfect season for succeeding at many of the most popular resolutions.

Lose Weight: Whether it's dropping a few pounds or dropping several dress sizes, losing weight consistently ranks among the top New Year's resolutions. Take advantage of fresh spring produce to whittle your waistline. Healthy eats such as asparagus and beets are front and center this time of year along with delicious treats such as tangerines and strawberries. For more low cal, high nutrient dishes visit Fitness.com. 

Exercise: Take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather to walk, run, swim or bike your way to better health. The user-friendly advice from Prevention.com, arms you with everything from tips on stretching to gear to workouts; you'll be out and about and fitter in no time.

Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle: Whether it's the desire to kick cigarettes or alcohol or merely to adopt healthier habits such as an "early to bed, early to rise" lifestyle, spring is a time of rejuvenation. Reboot your circadian rhythms to promote energy and decrease stress and replace unhealthy habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption with healthy alternatives. Think about reaching for a picnic basket for al fresco dining after a tough day of work, rather than a cigarette. Replace unhealthy habits with healthy stress busters. Read on for healthy, fun spring activities that can help give bad habits the boot. C'mon, you can do it!

Save Money: Who doesn't want to squeeze value out of every dollar?  Spring is the perfect time to get more bang for your buck. Vacation getaways are more wallet-friendly as the end of Easter marks the start of discounted vacation packages in warm weather getaways like the Caribbean. And think long-term: refinance your mortgage before rates head up this summer and if you received a tax refund, adjust tax withholding to ensure that more money is in your paycheck each month, rather than going to Uncle Sam.

Get Organized: At Pendaflex, we are advocates of year-round spring cleaning but spring is a great time to double your efforts. Swap out winter clothes and gear for warm weather goods and be sure to donate or recycle items no longer in use. Purge your paperwork and piles while you're at it. A lighter load around the house translates to a freer mind. Declutter to destress!

How are your New Year's resolutions holding up? Will spring's season of renewal restore your resolution motivation? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.

by Candie Harris



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