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Spring Clean-Health Tip

Even if there is still a wicked lot of snow on the ground all through the month of March we’ve decided spring is in the air. On Fridays this month the Wickeds are celebrating spring by talking spring cleaning, for the home, for the body, and for the mind.

Jessie: I know everyone knows this but it bears repeating: drink more water. Being well hydrated is the fastest, cheapest, most readily available way to feel vibrant and energetic. I struggle with this daily but when I bother to make drinking water a priority I feel fantastic.

Liz: I’m a smoothie fanatic – and with a Vitamix, it’s easy to serve up all your fruits and veggies in one shot. Even if you don’t have a Vitamix or something like it, you can easily use a regular blender to get a cold, delicious, healthy treat. I love to make my own creations by experimenting with nuts, seeds, veggies and fruit, but if you’re just getting started, check out Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr for some awesome smoothies and juices.

Julie: I am trying to get my health in order. I try with the water (why is that so hard?), and my Vitamix is killing the kale. I have also started wearing my FitBit every day, with a 10,000 step a day goal. I am quite convinced that layers of clothing is not registering all my steps, but I am mindfully trying to walk more, and I come pretty close most days. One goal would be to get more sleep, but since I write at night, this isn’t happening right now.

Walking on the beach, even! La Promenade by Theo van Rysselsberghe

Edith: Totally agree about the water. For me, an hour of exercise every day is critical. I either walk outside or go to the gym. It clears mental cobwebs, shakes off my hours of sitting, and lets ideas percoloate. I don’t run any more, and I might not walk quite as briskly as I used to, but I still get out there and do it. I don’t wear earbuds, either. I sometimes see quirky characters or hear snippets of conversation that could easily end up in my WIP or next short story.

Sherry: I’ve been working on moving more. It’s easy to sit at the computer for long periods of time. Since the New Year I’ve been making a concentrated effort to get up and move. I walk our dog, Lily, two or three times a day. Since we don’t have a fenced-in yard I am out in all sorts of weather. It’s good for her and better for me.

So dear readers, do you have a tip for starting spring on a healthy note?

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