Guest Post: Spring Into Action by Yihung Mohs of Silver Spring Dream Dinners

Yihung Mohs is the owner of  Silver Spring Dream Dinners and the talented writer of the The Silver Spring Dream Dinners Blog.

It’s that time of the year when we are ready to pack away our winter coats, gloves and hats and start thinking about shorts, swimsuits and tank tops!

With warmer days upon us, it’s time to think about fun outdoor activities that will make you jump off the couch and get active. Breathing in some fresh air is not only physically benefiting, but also emotionally healing.  Reconnecting with the outside after a long winter inside is like giving your body a spring cleaning. So it’s time to shift into gear and get moving.

With heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other health problems rising among women at alarming rates, it is recommended that we get about 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. This is difficult for many given our busy lifestyles, but combining exercise with family activities can make working up a sweat a breeze.

Walking

Take note:  We move our clocks ahead on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 am. So with the days getting longer, it’s time to start a traditional after dinner family walk.  This is a great way to involve the entire family in an easy exercise. Walking through your neighborhood or park increases the heart rate and improves the cardiovascular system while getting reacquainted with the outside. One of our favorite things about spring is that every day, something outside changes. Spring flowers are popping up!  Trees are starting to blossom! Lilacs will soon bloom and robins are scattering over your front yard. There is always a new discovery to share. So find it!

Biking

It’s time to dust off your bike and play like a kid!  Hit the bike trails and explore nature with the kids.  Bike riding is a great way to stay fit and more fun when the whole family is involved.  Great for the body and soul, this aerobic exercise is associated with increased health and well being.

Tennis

Playing tennis on a regular basis can help maintain or improve mobility, strength, fitness and balance.  Even if you don’t play well, it’s a great exercise that can burn up to 400 calories per hour.  If you have young children, play some drills with them to get everyone running around the court.  Little ones will enjoy playing tennis “volleyball” where they can’t let the ball touch the ground.

Thanks to Yihung and Silver Spring Dream Dinners for the tips and of course, family dinners made easy.

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