what the health.

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the last handful of year, i haven’t been one for new year’s resolutions. just because the calendar turns, doesn’t mean i automatically need to change everything about me – which, let’s face it, is exactly what those Jan 1 goals are all about.

instead, i try to incorporate healthy habits throughout the year, picking things up and letting things go as it seems fitting. spring always seems to be a time where i pick up a few more good intentions.

as the snow melts, and the sun shines, here are a few healthy habits i want to instate this spring that you can consider:

It’s not summer, but there’s still sun.

we often think of sunscreen on hot summer days before we hit the beach or hiking trail, but we don’t consider it enough year-round. the amount of sunburn instagram posts i saw this weekend is proof of that! after i fell victim to a spring burn in San Francisco last year, i’ll never make that mistake again.

people sometimes shy away from applying sunscreen daily because it can take too long to absorb, or leaves an unwanted residue. that’s why Coppertone has developed ClearlySheer Whipped and WaterBabies Whipped. both absorb quickly, leave skin hydrated and provide SPF 50 protection from UVA/UVB rays so you and your littles can stay protected all year round.

both my parents go south for the winter; they’ve been snowbirds for years. like the good baby boomers they are, they don’t really understand the importance of sunscreen – or maybe they do, but i preach it to the high heavens to anyone that will listen, and they’ve just stopped listening to me. for christmas, sister and i made sure to put two types of sunscreen in both of their stockings. one for the body, and one for face. fingers crossed that they used them.

Take time to meditate.

this may sound daunting, but it only takes a few minutes a day to practice meditation and focus your mind. there are many kinds of meditation and apps you can use to get started. meditation can help centre you before the day begins, or after a long day.

meditation has played some sort of role in my mindfulness practice since 2009, and it’s something i want to get better at again. in stressful situations, when i’m trying to get to sleep, even when it’s been a good day, it’s always a good time to sit in gratitude and meditate.

Let’s get physical.

as it gets nicer outside, it tends to become easier to keep (or restart) your goal to be more active. working out does not always have to be in a gym or be a strenuous activity. walk around your neighbourhood, or go on a hike – two of my favourite activities.

it’s also a great time to start a new activity. recently, i’ve got into boxing and have even decided to take on a “20 classes in 30 days challenge” for May. it’s been great for my mind and body – except for the muscle pain it can cause. if you do strain your muscles, treat your pain with ALEVE Back & Body Pain. one pill gives you up to 12 hours of relief from muscle pain, body pain and headaches.

Pay attention to your body.

life seems so hectic, and we often ignore obvious symptoms of our body telling us something is off. many ailments can be treated early and at home so when your body is trying to tell you something, listen up! a common example for women is bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV affects so many women, but it’s easy to ignore symptoms like abnormal discharge or an unpleasant odour when life gets busy. CanesBalance is an easy and effective at-home treatment that can relieve unwanted symptoms and prevent future recurrences.

spring has sprung, and i hope you’ll join me in adopting new healthy habits as the weather warms and days get longer.

tell me what habit you’d like to add to your routine.

this post is sponsored by Bayer. to make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.