7 things you need to know as we spring into Spring!

Did you know a whopping 44% of us pile on up to 5kg during winter? Take on these easy to integrate tips this Spring so you are ready to make this the best Summer of your life.

Now the warmer weather has arrived, many of us are already stressing about stripping down to less layers (or is that just us?). But with summer holidays only a few months away, the good news is there is still time to get your health up to scratch so you look and feel your best during the warmer months and kick next year off with a bang!

“Spring is a great time to get back to looking and feeling your best, especially if you’re feeling sluggish after the cooler months,” advises Sheila Zhou, expert Scientist at USANA, leading producer of high quality supplements

"Our bodies naturally crave lighter meals during the warmer weather, so even by making small changes, such as including fresh produce into meals and exercising outside, will go a long way to getting yourself functioning at your best.”

To help you feel and look great over the warmer months, Zhou shares her expert spring health tips:

1. Get the temperature right
The change of seasons can be hard on your sleeping routine due to the change of temperature. As your body’s natural temperature instinctively lowers as it prepares for sleep, turning the air-conditioning on right before going to bed can trick your brain into falling asleep faster. By setting a timer to increase the temperature before your alarm goes off in the morning is also a simple way to naturally end your sleep cycle and slowly wake yourself up.

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Daylights savings may often mean an extra hour of daylight but this means indulging in late night snacks and sleeping later

2. Take advantage of the extra light
Once day light savings kicks in you may love having the extra hour of daylight, but there’s a catch. However, did you know the change in light time often means you end up staying awake later than usual, and the longer you’re awake the more likely you are to indulge in night time snacks? Rather than consuming a chocolate bar on the go, when you are out and about choose a snack you can carry in your bag or leave in the car when cravings hit such as a healthy piece of fruit. Chopping up vegetables such as carrots and putting them in a plastic container is also great way to get a sweet yet healthy burst of goodness.

3. Be prepared
If you’re not a morning person, trying to squeeze a workout in before work can be tricky. A great trick to stop you from hitting the snooze button one to many times, and actually making it to your workout, is wearing your comfortable gym gear to bed. This not only helps you get out the door quicker, but the clothes also shouldn’t be too different than your regular pj’s – so you’re not sacrificing on sleep.

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Eat an organic breakfast quinoa with nuts, milk and berries - rich in vitamin A & E

4. Keep it simple
Many people believe that eating well takes a great amount of time and effort, but there are actually thousands of fuss-free recipes that are both delicious and healthy. Look for ones that incorporate ingredients rich in carotenoids and vitamin A & E, such as quinoa and nuts, and omega-3, such as fish. If you really aren’t a fan of fish, but are looking to introduce more omega-3 into your diet, try an option such as the USANA’s BiOmega capsules. These ingredients can help improve the health of all vital organs, boost energy levels and achieve glowing skin. Although always speak to your health professional before adding any new supplements to your regular regimen.

5. Think before you drink
There’s nothing like drinking an icy cold drink on a warm spring day! Unfortunately though, many of our refreshing favourites such as chilled smoothies and iced teas can contain excessive amounts of sugar (plus they are ‘empty calories’). Water is always the best option. Add a slice of lemon, lime or even a few frozen berries for a fruity flavour burst.

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Decluttering your house can be helpful for organising and helping to relieve stress

6. Spring clean your surroundings
An organised room or office space means you’ll actually be able to find something when you want it. Not only does giving your personal spaces a thorough clean help with allergies over the spring season, but spending your time in a streamlined space has also been proven to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

7. Protect yourself
After the cooler months your body’s immune system is likely quite weak. To get your immunity back on track, and to support and maintain a healthy functioning system all year around, incorporate additional booster foods such as raw garlic and carrots into your diet.

What are your best tips for shaking off winter and looking great by the time summer hits? Join our conversation below. . .