Spring Back to an Active Lifestyle

healthy-lifestyleDespite our New Year’s resolutions, the colder months tend to makes many of us unmotivated to be physically active. As the days become longer and the temperatures warm up, now is the perfect time to restart your exercise routine and get rid of those extra inches.

Staying active doesn’t require hitting the gym five times a week. Whether it’s enjoying the springtime with a walk outside or avoiding the elevator at work, every little bit can help with fat loss and improve overall wellness.  Finding an activity that you enjoy will make exercising more fun and less of a chore.

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle complete with regular exercise but and also proper dieting. With the upcoming warm months, take advantage of the plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables available.  Fruits and vegetables such as kale, strawberries, and sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling and looking young.

For individuals interested in a plastic surgery procedure, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help enhance results and reduce recovery time.  Continue reading Dr. Whiteman’s health and wellness blog for the latest healthy living tips. Also be sure to connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and information.

Spring into Health and Wellness

Spring into health and wellnessOverall health and wellness plays a major part in the results that can be achieved with plastic surgery.  Plastic surgeons can enhance a patient’s appearance, but it’s up to the patient to maintain results.  In addition to performing plastic surgery procedures like liposuction and tummy tucks, plastic surgeons should educate patients on health and wellness.  In fact, Southern Plastic Surgery has partnered with Daryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer and creator of the Chair-A-Cise workout program, to help patients with diet and exercise programs.  It’s important to keep in mind that maintaining a healthy lifestyle will not only benefit you, it will also teach your children healthy habits for their future.

However, encouraging healthy habits can be tough for parents because kids don’t seem to like anything that’s healthy (i.e.- health foods and exercise), which is why we suggest making it fun for them.  Making healthy meals exciting for your children to eat can also help you stick with the program too.  Choose foods with a variety of colors—not only will it encourage your children to eat, but the most nutritious foods are typically the most colorful (take fruits and veggies for example).

Just like planning a healthy meal, it’s also important to make exercise fun for your children.  In fact, it is best not to even refer to it as “exercise” in front of the kids.  Instead, plan “fun, outdoor activities”. Spring is the perfect time to get the family outdoors and moving.  The temperature is neither too hot nor too cold, and the sun sets later.  Here’s a list of ideas for spring family fun:

  • Incorporate a family walk into your dinner routine. (Some say to go before dinner to help curb your appetite, while others say a walk after dinner will help digestion. Let your family decide what works best for your routine.)
  • Visit the park.
  • Play a sport that your family enjoys. Soccer, basketball, kickball, baseball, or a game of catchhave great cardiovascular benefits.
  • Go for a hike and take a picnic lunch. (Be sure to prepare a healthy lunch and take lots of water!)
  • Ride bikes.
  • Jump rope.
  • Fly a kite on a breezy, spring day.
  • Plant a vegetable garden together.  (This gets your family off the couch and provides healthier food choices for later.)

There are so many ways to get your family active, and most of the activities mentioned above are relatively cheap (if not free). These activities don’t just help you get the family active, they will also help your family form a stronger bond.

Hopefully, you’ll find these family health and wellness tips helpful and enjoy spring activities with your family.  If you’re interested in learning more about the plastic surgery procedures that Dr. David Whiteman offers at Southern Plastic Surgery, visit my website and keep reading my blog.