6 healthy adjustments to make this spring

Waking up everyday gives you the opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to make improvements to your life. Now that spring has arrived, why not use the new season as a fresh, clean slate and make a few adjustments to your lifestyle? In fact, the warm weather itself may inspire you to improve your lifestyle this month, as the Canadian Mental Health Association says that Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as Seasonal Depression, is likely to subside as winter comes to an end. Here are six small, simple changes you can make this spring to improve your health and truly enjoy your retirement!

1. Start walking - Grab a friend and take a walk around the neighbourhood, in your retirement home or on the treadmill in your fitness centre. It's an excellent way to stay socially engaged and physically active!

Head to the fitness center every day and walk on the treadmill.
Head to the fitness center every day and walk on the treadmill.

2. Stay social - Whether your family is visiting for the day or your friends want you to join them for a game of cards, it's important to stay socially active. Statistics Canada says it'll keep feelings of loneliness and isolation at bay while promoting a positive mindset.

3. Stimulate your mind - Keep your mental health in tip-top shape by completing crossword puzzles, reading, writing and trying any other hobbies that can stimulate your mind.

4. Eat well - The word "diet" tends to leave a bad taste in the mouth. Instead of dieting, just promise to make healthier choices. Vow to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and to drink more water.

"A good night's sleep promotes a healthy immune system."

5. Get a good night's sleep - Sleeping well throughout the night has many health benefits. Not only does it provide you with a positive and lively mindset, but it can also strengthen your immune system and boost your metabolism. Try to stick to a normal sleep schedule throughout the week and avoid sleeping in on the weekends to help regulate your sleep patterns. 

6. Try something new - What better way to welcome the new season than with an exciting new hobby? Teach yourself something you've never tried before, or pick up a new pastime that intrigues you. If you don't like it, give something else a shot. There's no harm in trying!