Spring Fever is described by the World English Dictionary as “the feeling of restlessness experienced by many people at the onset of spring.”

This week marks the first day of Spring, although some in the Northwest regions of our country may disagree! However, as the days get longer and the temperatures begin to rise, our bodies become awakened by changes in the environment around us. This change of the season can create a state of low energy and weariness in people that may result in restlessness, irritability, headaches and sometimes aching joints and lack of drive. Often times, our bodies are ‘waking up’ from the long, lazy winter and will respond to the increased daylight hours with a feeling of tiredness.

One way to regain a sense of energy and vitality is to begin to move more throughout the day. Get up earlier with the sun and go for a walk or run, start your day with gentle yoga or a light-stretching program before heading out for the day. When you begin the day with movement, you increase your metabolic rate immediately and it stays elevated throughout the day so that you burn more calories. However, not everyone is a morning person, especially when we are talking about ‘exercise’. If this describes you, consider taking your walk or exercising with a friend immediately after work before settling in to your evening routine of dinner, kids’ schedules and your favorite TV show! Like anything else that is important in your life, you need to schedule time for your fitness program, regardless of the time of year.

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