Why I’ve waited until now to make my New Year resolutions.

I may sound like I’m being a bit dramatic but as temperatures slowly rise and the days gradually lengthen, I almost feel a sense of relief wash over me.

Winter has always been a struggle- I’d hibernate November to March if it was socially acceptable. But as the first signs of spring emerge, I find myself filled with renewed hope and optimism.

The hundred or so bulbs I strategically planted in October are starting to blossom, the first lambs in the fields, and the warmth of the sun on my face all serve as reminders that brighter days are ahead. It’s in this season of renewal that I feel inspired to set my goals for the year ahead and I’ve even dried bedding on the line!

The longer days and increased daylight fill me with a sense of optimism and motivation. I find myself drawn outdoors, eager to soak up any warmth we get from the sun in Yorkshire and embrace the beauty of nature that surrounds me.

Whether it’s taking a walk along the canal or tidying up the garden, being outside in Spring is special. I feel more connected to the world around me, and more inspired to make positive change for my health.

I do my best to eat seasonal, and locally produced food all year, but in Winter there’s no denying it doesn’t offer much in terms of variety. If I’m honest I’d happily never set eyes on another squash or parsnip right now. The bright pink of forced rhubarb is a delight, gathering of wild garlic, and the prospect of strawberries, peas, and asparagus gets me quite giddy.

There’s something inherently satisfying about eating foods that are in tune with the rhythms of nature, but I’m sure it would be easier if we lived somewhere a little more exotic!

So, whilst tradition dictates that in January we go “out with the old and in with the new” don’t beat yourself up (if like most of the population) your resolutions went by the wayside a couple of weeks into February.

I client some time ago, told me how they always set their resolutions on April 1st, and I think it’s a wonderful idea. If you’re going to set goals for your health, then why not do so when the seasonal odds are stacked in your favour??

Spring offers the perfect weather for outdoor exercise, making it easier to stay active and healthy. The mild temperatures and longer daylight hours provide the ideal conditions for more social activities and making plans with others is great for motivation and accountability.

It feels easier to eat lighter meals, and the craving for substantial, energy dense foods fades at the same time as our need for extra insulation from the cold.
As someone who isn’t a huge fan of the gym or classes that can feel the only safe option during the darkness of the Winter months, I find that being able to exercise outdoors in the spring renews my enthusiasm for physical activity. Whether it’s going for a run on the trails or joining a group for a walk, I just feel more motivated to get moving.

Setting our health goals in Spring allows us to align with the natural rhythms of the season. Just as the earth begins to awaken from its winter slumber and burst forth with new life, we can be inspired to cultivate positive changes in our own lives.

The sense of renewal and growth Spring fills us with a sense of optimism and possibility. It’s a time of new beginnings, of shedding old habits that no longer serve us and embracing new ones that will help us thrive.

Whether it’s getting in shape for the holiday you’re planning, or simply wanting to feel more confident and energised, starting early in Spring gives us the motivation and time to achieve our goals.

Spring is a time of transformation, a time to shed the darkness of Winter and embrace the light and warmth of a new season. By harnessing the energy of Spring and setting health goals now, we can cultivate positive, sustainable change that will benefit us well beyond the season itself.

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