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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring into action

Spring is in the air!
Halifax, 2014

(Rather proud of that pic I have to say!)


Spring is in the air! The snow is melting, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping... even hormones are heating up: the last time I went to the library (of all places!!!) I was approached by a man my age who proceeded to flirt with me very conspicuously. That is a more reliable sign of an imminent spring than any groundhog, I'll tell you!

Why not use this promising atmosphere to hop on the health and fitness bandwagon?

Nobody should try and tackle everything at the same time, so here are a few options:


Food

Eat less. We all want to believe there is some sort of magical formula, but the problem with magical formulas is that they are complicated. Stop counting calories or points or grams of nutrients and just cut your normal portions in half. Seriously. Try it. I'll be damned if you don't lose weight!

The only exception is fruit and vegetables, because studies show that simply increasing the amount of produce we consume, even if we change nothing else, will do wonders for our health. As read somewhere on the Web this week: include 2 cups of fruit and vegetables with every meal, every day, and tell me how you feel in 2 weeks!


Movement

According to recent studies for which I am too lazy to find a link (just Google it), sitting for many hours a day is extremely bad for your health, and that, even if you do exercise at some point during the day. But how to sit less? Especially if you have a sedentary job? Well, you could make sure you don't sit when you're not working! Yes, I know, that might mean less screen time (unless you are willing to watch TV in a standing position). But is that really a bad thing?


Some things are way more interesting to look at than a screen!
Halifax, 2014


Exercise

Most of us despise certain forms of exercise. I certainly wouldn't recommend you practice a physical activity you highly dislike! By trying different things, I promise you will end up loving something. The ideal is to mix a little bit of cardio, strength training and flexibility training to ensure a variety of health benefits, but there are different ways to reach that goal.

In my case, and even if I do practice other types of activities, running is the panacea. Since I've started running I have felt the same kind of effect I imagine I would get if I took anxiolytics, antidepressants and the women's version of Viagra! All that without the side effects, and with the addition of heightened levels of energy and confidence. Ain't it wonderful? If I could put running in a bottle and sell it, believe me, I would!

After running, this morning, I still had some fuel left (or maybe I was just on my runner's high), so I put the whole family in the car and off we drove to a hiking trail. Apart from the fact that said trail was still mostly a sheet of ice, it was a very pleasant walking (skating?) experience, listening to the birds chirping and the water cascading, and smelling the smells of an impending spring!



Keeping a Vizsla still long enough for a photo? Good luck!
Halifax, 2014


Now for you beloved readers, here are two songs about the Spring by two beloved French (well partly Greek and mostly Belgian) singers! One of the songs has pictures, the other has subtitles, so that you can follow the lyrics. :-)









19 comments:

  1. I am so very happy that spring is on it's way!!! I'm all about the movement and exercise and eating less seems to come more naturally for me when it's warmer!!!

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    1. I am ECSTATIC that spring is on it's way! haha! :-)

      You're right, it is easier to eat less when it's warmer.

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  2. I know spring is coming, but it's hard to believe when we are having another snow day in D.C. LOL on your dog! No slowing that one down. ;-)

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    1. We will certainly get more snow here in Canada, but I like to dream... :-)

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  3. we may have LITERALLY cheeeered out LOUD this weekend.
    so so glad for spring.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I'm totally with you on the running thing. Even when I'm having a really crappy run, I still feel better at the end of it than if I had skipped the run all together. There is no other exercise that I do that makes me feel that way!

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    1. All physical activity is good, but running has that "something special", doesn't it? :-)

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  5. Spring is the best time to start fresh! It's a time for new beginnings! Not sure why New Years Day is in the middle of WINTER - that's not motivating AT ALL! lol!

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    1. The only nice thing about the New Year is that it's 10 days after the days start getting longer... but not fast enough! :-)

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  6. everything about the spring makes me smile...I lvoe the sun, I love seeing people in parks on weekends. :), I the first thing I did when I started my weightloss journey was reduce portions...now I count calories but to start with I just reduced portions of the unhealthy stuff and increased portion of the healthy stuff and slowly went into more details...
    I have a desk-job, I barely move during the 8 hours of work, just for coffee and lunch maybe..so I try to workout twice before and after work...I don't how else to increase my activity during the week.

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    1. Hi Tanvee!

      I love the spring too!

      During my workday I try to stretch often, and get up when I can. Just like I would do on a long flight. :-)

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  7. One of the things that Californians lack (I'm a transplant from the mountains of Colorado) is the context of Spring, or of Winter as it were.

    This Winter we rarely left the 70s, and when we did it was often upward into the 80s. People raised in these conditions have no idea just how important a harsh Winter can be in framing one's mind for Spring. I miss that terribly. It is Winter that helps develop the kind of character that appreciates Spring.

    For that reason alone, I know I can not grow old here....

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    1. I agree with you, harsh winters make us appreciate spring and summer SO MUCH MORE! :-)

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  8. Our winter has been so incredibly cold (for us) and I am really, really looking forward to warmer weather!

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    1. Same here Diane! Hang on there, it's coming! :-)

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  9. Such lovely pictures ...just makes you feel uplifted.

    Here's to Spring and here's to a good weekend

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

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  10. Totally agree with your tips! I'm so excited for spring too! I can't wait for some warmer weather!

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  11. From what I see on the weather channel, Spring went south on you for a few days :-) I did like seeing your Premier saying how tough all y'all were with these weather events.

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