Go Red and Get Moving This Spring
Sunshine, longer days and warmer temperatures gets many people thinking about getting back into shape. Now is the perfect time to establish a get-fit routine that you can carry with you into winter. Just 30 minutes of moderate activity each day can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the #1 and #4 leading causes of death in the U.S. In addition to reducing health risks, physical activity benefits including; boosting energy levels, releasing tension, anxiety and depression, improving overall mental wellness and preventing bone loss. This spring, try out our easy tips for boosting your daily activity and eating healthier.
· Plan family outings and vacations that include physical activity (hiking, backpacking, swimming, etc.)
· Play your favorite music while you exercise
· When golfing, walk instead of using a cart
· At the lake, rent a rowboat instead of a canoe
· Take dance lessons
· Make a date with a friend to enjoy your favorite physical activities
· Take the stairs instead of the elevator
· Work in the garden or mow the grass
· Go for a bike ride
· Walk the dog
· Park farther away at the shopping mall and walk the extra distance
Spring Recipe Idea:Spring Greens with Salmon and Apricot-Ginger Vinaigrette
This crunchy combination of spring greens, baby spinach, red cabbage, and snow peas is powered up with salmonand topped with a sweet apricot-ginger vinaigrette.
1/4 cup all-fruit apricot spread
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons grated peeled gingerroot
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups mixed salad greens (spring mix preferred), torn into bite-size pieces
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 cup fresh or frozen snow peas, thawed if frozen, trimmed and halved diagonally
1 7.1-ounce vacuum-sealed pouch pink salmon
In a food processor or blender, process the vinaigrette ingredients until smooth. Put the salad ingredients except the salmon on a serving platter. Pour the dressing over the salad. Toss gently. Crumble the salmon on top. Serve immediately for peak flavors and texture.
This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Face the Fats campaign. Recipe copyright © 2009 by the American Heart Association. Look for other delicious recipes in American Heart Association cookbooks, available from booksellers everywhere, and at deliciousdecisions.org.