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Get Fit ! Feel Good! March Blog

Reflecting On February’s Wellness Goal:

I hope everyone feels fully hydrated since February’s wellness goal was to add more water ! My favorite recipe is adding lemon and lime to my water! It makes drinking water that much more enjoyable.  If you find it hard to drink enough water throughout the day try to have a glass right when you wake up, whenever you eat (breakfast, lunch & dinner), and another one as you get ready for bed.

To make sure you are hydrated remember that your urine should be light yellow -> clear.

March’s Wellness Goal: Take Up Gardening!

March means there is light at the end of this tunnel we call winter! The days are getting longer and slowly the temperature outside is getting warmer, Spring is making its way here.  When people talk about gardening, wellness is not necessarily something that comes to mind. However, wellness is a broad term that has many different definitions. The term wellness for one person might mean going to the gym where as wellness for another person might mean doing meditation.

Wellness is not only about a persons physical health but their emotional, and spiritual health as well.

Top 3 Benefits of Gardening

  1. For one gardening is actually great light exercise for individuals. When you garden you are pulling weeds, reaching for various plants or tools,  bending or squatting to dig holes or plant, sometimes you may even have to move bags of mulch or turn compost. Gardening will increase your strength, stamina and flexibility. The best part is that you might not even realize you are working out!
  2. Another great benefit of gardening is that it is great for your emotional health. Gardening gets people to be outside, exposing them to Vitamin D which benefits ones bone and immune system (don’t forget your sunscreen or protective eye wear).  Spending time outside can also help reduce depression, anger, and stress. Being outdoor surrounded by nature can increase your overall mood!
  3. In addition to being great for your physical and emotional health gardening can bring you lots of fresh fruits or vegetables!! Gardening can encourage individuals to have a healthier diet. This could not only save you money at the grocery store, with less items to purchase but think about how satisfying it will be to eat a fresh fruit or vegetable that you grew!

Although many people think April & May are the months to plant, there are certain vegetables that thrive in the month of March.   Also according to the farmers almanac,  starting seeds indoor can give the crops a head start on the growing season and a chance to grow in a stable, controlled environment. So even if you decide not to garden in March, now is the perfect time to plan ahead- find a vegetable you want to grow and give it a head start by planting it early and keeping it inside.

Vegetables to plant in March

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes

Check out the full list!

How else can you benefit from a garden?

Besides daily activities and emotional health, a garden can contribute to your life in many other ways.

  • You can use your edible flowers to garnish salads and cocktails (geraniums, violas, roses, marigolds, lavender, nasturtiums)
  • Use scented plants for aromatherapy (lavender, mint, rosemary)
  • Use fresh and dried herbs for teas (chamomile, lavender, mint)
  • Bring cut flowers and foliage inside to brighten up your work and living spaces

Check out Readers Digest’s article for even more reason’s to garden! 10 Surprising Ways Gardening Is One of the Healthiest Things You Can Do

Or to read more about the benefits of gardening check out Organic Lessons’ Article

12 Months of Wellness

Next Months Wellness Goals: Eat Better

MONTHGOAL
JanuaryStart Moving
FebruaryAdd Water
MarchPlant/ Try Gardening
AprilEat Better
MayQuit Another Bad Habit
JuneTry to Eliminate Sugar
JulyRecruit a Family Member
AugustDe-stress
SeptemberConnect with nature
OctoberChange it up
NovemberCold Season Ready
DecemberEnjoy the season & Reflect

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