Spring is Here: Make Earth-Friendly Changes that Benefit Health

Today is the first day of spring. The sun is shining, it is finally warm, and the season gives us all kinds of excuses to do good. Turn over a new leaf, make a change, renew yourself: you've probably heard and read it all. Here are a few ideas to get you motivated to make some changes this year. They will benefit you, those around you, and the environment. What could be better than that?
  1. Dust off your bicycle and break out the walking shoes. You already know about the benefits of exercise, but did you know that according to the EPA, the transportation sector is responsible for two-thirds of all carbon emissions? Do yourself, and the environment, good by substituting some of the errands you run by car for those on a bike or by foot. Bike to the library. Walk to the post office. Run to the farmer's market. Get your heart pumping and feel the satisfaction that comes from being earth-friendly.
  2. Take your workout outside. Sometimes a change in environment is all you need to reinvigorate a workout. Skip the treadmills and the elliptical, which run on electricity. Instead, explore the trails, mountains, and preserves around you. Walk, bike, horseback ride, run. Are you more social? Organize a game of soccer, tennis, or flag football at a field near you. Do what moves you.
  3. Cook fresh, wholesome foods. The farmer's markets will be open soon, showcasing the beautiful, nutritious foods that this earth can produce. Go and buy the fresh, local, nutrient dense, produce. Use your bounty as an excuse to eat more vegetables and less meat, which requires enormous amounts of energy to produce. A little olive oil and sea salt is about all you need to make these foods delicious. Try grilling mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, asparagus, and broccoli. Don't forget bananas, peaches, nectarines, and plums. Simply brush them with olive oil and grill.
  4. Clean out your house, without toxins. It feels good to get rid of clutter and clean out the house. As you clean, beware of pollutants in your cleaning agents. The EPA finds that toxicity in homes can be 2 to 5 times greater in homes than outside them. As you clean, open windows to provide good ventilation. Then, choose natural cleansers when possible. Create a window cleaner with vinegar and water. Avoid solutions that claim to unclog your toilet and sink and try plunging or snaking the drains instead. Use baking soda to deodorize. When you store your winter sweaters, skip the moth balls. Use lavendar or cedar chips instead.
Make a change. Enjoy the beautiful earth and the strong beat of your heart. It doesn't get much better than that.

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