April. It is an interesting time of year. Spring has just begun, several holidays are occurring, and depending on where you live, you may be getting spring showers and flowers, or winter leftovers (who ordered more snow??). Between unpredictable weather and holiday candy springing up like daisies, it can be easy to get off track. What is a person to do?
When it comes to exercise, take it day by day rather than trying to plan out the next week or month. If the weather is nice, get outside and go for that walk, jog, bike ride, etc. It if is rainy, snowy, or too cold, do some indoor activities – if you have a gym membership, sign up for a class you have not tried or go to one that you know you have enjoyed in the past; if you do not have a gym membership, try doing things at home – sweep, mop, vacuum, clean out a closet, put on some music and dance, or look up exercise/yoga/Pilates videos online and try one out.
When it comes to eating well, keep some healthy snacks on hand – veggies, fruit, yogurt, cheese, nuts, seeds. This time of year, many yummy fruits and vegetables are starting to come into season. Go get your hands on some fresh strawberries, snow peas, oranges, mangos, lychees, limes, honeydew, green beans, and apricots. Slice and pack them ahead of time so that you can just grab and go, or grab and snack. Having these items on hand and ready to go will leave less temptation to grab that other convenient treat (you know, those chocolate eggs and bunnies). And of course, when it comes to meals, let’s not forget to portion: make half of your plate veggies, and split the other half between your protein (chicken, beef, pork, fish, tofu, etc.) and grains/starches (rice, beans, potatoes, etc.)
So while April can be hit or miss with the weather and spring holidays, don’t let it to be an excuse to back track from your healthy goals. You’ve got this!