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Sixteen Health and Fitness Tips to Keep You Warm and Dry This Spring

Updated on January 3, 2017

Better a Season Late Than Never

Last fall, I posted a hub on the nine ways to stay warm this winter, which was a huge success. Now that summer’s here and spring’s gone, it’s time to stay healthy for spring with these tips to keep in mind every spring season. I apologize for posting this so belatedly, and not earlier this spring season. Better late than never, right? Here’s a total of sixteen health and fitness tips for keeping you warm and dry in the spring, wherever you are.

Coming soon this week, stay tuned for my summer health hub on how to stay cool this summer.

Be Prepared for Spring Weather to Change From Sun to Rain for Your Exercise Routines

Stay Warm and Dry With a Spring Jacket in any Spring Weather, Day and Night

6 Spring Fitness Tips

Lighten Up

To protect your full body from puddle splashes, exchange your winter parka with a light waterproof jacket and pants. Your lightweight, packable gear will protect you from rain, freezing rain and snow by keeping you dry, so you won't leave it behind and end up wet and cold. It'll also protect you from drivers that splash puddles, if you workout on the road.

Let Your Footwear Work for You

Don't step into water that's higher, and extend your foot protection by using standard or shorter waiter gaiters, if you end up over that level. Protect your feet from slush, mud and puddles with boots and shoes to keep them dry. Don't wear pierced booties, since most boots have waterproof booties sewn into the body. Bring a pair of throwaway sneakers or water shoes that lets water in an drains it out. Over your footwear, wear waterproof pants that clinch down tightly.

Expect weather change

Wear layers underneath your waterproof jacket and pants to cop with changing weather extremes. Check the forecast, leaven an layer or two in your car, or pack it all the time. Bring extra layers if necessary. You can always remove or add them, when the extra air insulates your body.

Get a Grip

Under your car seat, tuck them in funny pack, buy a pair of ice grippers that slip over your footwear, in case you encounter water-slicked ice They're always be nearby when you need them. Watch out for icy spots of packed snow that's exposed by sun and shade. Avoid getting hurt or slipping at the start of this season.

Stay Prepared


Get organized with a box or pack by your door of what you need. Don't leave your warm hat, running shoes or ice grippers behind. Pack your pants and extra layers and shows, ice grippers ad waterproof shoes. Be a hero for your post-workout thirst and hunger by bringing water and an energy bar. Work out a system to tote your winter gear by finding a way of strapping, tying, bungeeing or otherwise fastening them to the outside of pack and not carrying them, if you hit a sun-less spot on the trail. Some packs come ready-made with fancy doodads.

Remember the small things

It's easy to remember important workout gear like shoes or jacket. Optimize your spring fitness time with a few small things. From cold winds and spring sun, sunglasses shields your eyes. Have an available extra pair of dry socks. A plastic grocery bag or winter-proof sack to place your dry items separate from any wet or muddy gear that you hold in your pack.

Gardening is a Good way to Stay Healthy This Spring by Planting or Weeding Flowers

10 Spring Health Tips

Gardening

When you garden outside, it burns approximately 250-350 calories an hour, when you'll make your landscape pretty. If you do it three times a week for a hour, you'll get optimal health benefits in return. Weed pulling, mulch hauling, lawn moving are some examples that will make you sweat and qualifies you as exercise. To give your major muscles a workout, rotate those tasks every 20 minutes or 20 to avoid over-straining one set of muscles.

Swimming Lessons for Kids

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidents and deaths in children, when most drownings occur in kids under the age of 2? Kids aren't ready for swim lessons until they're four years old. So never allow babies or toddlers near a pool unsupervised not even for a minute.


Think About Allergy Season

Now it's the time to stock up on allergy medicines, if you're sneezing and sniffling as the weather warms up. Now Zyrtec has joined Claritin and other formerly prescription-only medicines to get it over-the-counter, which is good news. For nasal steroids or other prescription-only drugs to ease your allergies, see your doctor.

Spring Cleaning Your Makeup Drawer

Toss out that mascara tube, concealer, and other make-up you've had so long, while you're cleaning out your medicine cabinet since cosmetics expire. You'll minimize risk of eye infections or bacteria-induced breakouts that way.

Wake up Early


Take advantage of the morning light, when studies have shown people who wake up earlier than night owls are healthier. You'll get a good dose of Vitamin D and a leg up of depression symptoms.

Get Dirty

If you get dirty, it's good for you and your kids by getting exposed to common bacteria. They routinely inhabit our bodies with the vitamins and proteins we need, and help work our immunue and gastrointestinal systems work. L

Eat local, Think Global

Sign up for weekly deliveries or pick-up, when you investigate community-supported agriculture with access to in-season fresh produce, eggs and flowers. This way, farmers get a guaranteed income base, when their seasons last from late spring to early fall.

Lunch Hour Walks


During your lunch hour during work, take a walk to get away from your desk. Stop and smell the daffodils to get the recommended moderate exercises from doctors.

Trade Flip-Flops for Foot-Friendly Kicks

To avoid stubbed toes rolled or sprained ankles, blistering, tendinitis, arch pain and stress fractures, trade your flimsy, rubbery thongs for alternative sandals. Let your toes out by getting more support with these shoes. As summer approaches, each year, experts warn against those rubbery thongs.

Change Pillows

Allergy-proof your pillows with protective covers that steal out allergens like allergy-or-asthma- provoking bacteria, pollen, fungi, mold or dust mites. It's disgusting to know that up to 10% of your pillow's weight is made up by that after five years, according to some experts. Wash pillowcases with hot water weekly and toss them out every 3-5 years, if you can't remember when you brought them.

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    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alan, thanks for the follow and for your good tips on how to stay warm this coming spring. I agree with you there.

    • alancaster149 profile image

      Alan R Lancaster 

      2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Kristen, this is useful gen for would-be walkers. There are too many - including here in the UK - who take inadequate precautions when going on serious walks (hill- or fell-walking) on high or rough ground.

      I've got a pair of workwear boots with steel toecaps that I bought from one of the Army & Navy stores, who also do thermal wear and rainproofs/stormproofs etc. Despite the size of the British mainland we have some pretty wearing geography and weather (the worst is in the Lake District, Pennines, Welsh and Scottish Highlands, Moors and Dales [both Yorkshire and Derbyshire]).

      A good mapcase is a must, and accurate (we have Ordnance Survey with contours and comprehensive key) map to go in it if you're unfamiliar with your surroundings when you go hiking long distances, anything over ten miles where there's undulating terrain and you can't see your destination from start. And remember, when walking on public roads where there's no footpath, walk on the opposite side of the road to traffic direction so that drivers can see you in good time and take avoiding action.

      Safe walking.

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Linda!

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent tips and advice! :)

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Peach, that's be so hard on yourself. Good for you for gardening in the spring and even in summer.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I agree that gardening helps me to stay healthy, breaking my stone age muscles apart

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good for you for getting some exercise on your feet during work. It's healthy for you too. Thanks for the visit, Jessica!

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      Jessica Marello 

      3 years ago from United States

      Though I spend my work day on my feet, I still usually take a walk outside at lunch to get some food, or a cold drink. It feels good to get out of the workplace, in any case!

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Benny for coming by and commenting. My pleasure. I'll have a summer hub up later this week.

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      Ijeoma Peter 

      3 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Kristen, you made very crucial points there, we need to be prepared to face rain and also protect ourselves from cold. Thanks for sharing.

    • Benny01 profile image

      Ijeoma Peter 

      3 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Kristen, you made very crucial points there, we need to be prepared to face rain and also protect ourselves from cold. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Emge for commenting and stopping by. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Madan 

      3 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Nice and educative points

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Mary for coming by and commenting. I agree. I'm glad to change a pillow last year and change my other two next year.

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      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The tip on washing pillows and changing them is useful. I have to remember to do this.

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