• Lisa Magnuson

Add some "spring" to your step

You may have noticed the sun doesn't set until after 8pm now. This is a great time of year to go out and take a walk after dinner. Even if you eat at 7:30, you still have enough daylight to take a 10-20 min walk after you wrap up dinner.

The cherry blossoms are out, the tulips are blooming and the air smells of fresh cut grass and wet earth. If you are stuck inside all day, you may be missing all these beautiful signs of spring that have just emerged in the past few weeks.

We have written about getting out into nature and taking walks A LOT but it doesn't hurt to reiterate the need for both of these things. The CDC has said it is safe for fully vaccinated adults to be outside without masks so now you can enjoy your walk, breathe deeply, and smile at your neighbors. The after-dinner walk has other beneficial qualities too. Active recovery is just as important (if not more so) then your exercise sessions and a walk is an easy way to add more active recovery into your day. Additionally, by getting out of the kitchen and your house, you will be able to avoid the after-dinner habits some of us "may" have; like grabbing something sweet for dessert or pouring yourself another glass of wine. Moving after you eat also helps you digest your food and gets the nourishment moving down the digestive tract.

Adding any extra movement into your day is helpful and we aren't requiring a 60 min power walk, we are suggesting a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood.

For the month of May we want to challenge you to take a stroll after dinner 5 days a week. So when the weather and your schedule permits, get out after dinner and spend some time with your partner, your kids, or by yourself and check out the signs of the changing season.



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