Well, it's official. Spring is finally here. Our students, along with Mother Earth, are practically
bursting with pent-up energy, making this the perfect time for the entire family to ease into new fitness routines
and outdoor adventures. From understanding the biology of spring fever to finding local resources, we've put
together some of the information you need to give your family a jump-start on fitness this spring.
Making the Most of Spring Fever
Did you know that as the hours of daylight lengthen in spring, our retinas react and trigger hormonal changes
in the brain that affect our sleep and mood? As our bodies produce less melatonin, we typically sleep less, crave
fewer carbohydrates, and have more energy. The sunlight also triggers the release of serotonin, another mood and
energy booster, and improves our absorption of vitamin D, essential for healthy bones.
In short, feeling happier and more energetic, we're primed by nature to try and succeed at new physical
activities and dietary changes in the spring.
A Focus on Family
With research showing that family attitudes toward fitness,
nutrition, and the outdoors have a profound impact on our children's future health, parents and Learning Coaches need to lead and join in when it comes to fitness. Fortunately, the prescription is simple and the resources readily
Let's All Go Outside and Play!
We're all more likely to stick with activities that
are enjoyable and allow us to spend time with the people we care about. So here are a few tips and resources for
outdoor activities that lay ...