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Are you ready to dive into spring?

Staff writers
March 11, 2013 — Spring is just around the corner and throughout the country many people are anxiously awaiting the warmer weather. Here are a few suggestions on how to make the most of the upcoming season.

Try gardening for some physical activity
Try gardening for some physical activity

As temperatures rise and the snow begins to melt, parts of the country are seeing familiar signs of spring.

"It's a lot of fun to be outdoors. We've been cold all winter, so we're enjoying the sunny weather," said one southern Ontarian embracing the record breaking warmth over the weekend.

With winter coming to an end and spring just around the corner, we thought we'd get you in a warmer mood and give you some suggestions to help you get out and take advantage of the season.

  • Vitamin D consumption:
    Studies show that Vitamin D consumption has a dramatic impact on improving people's moods. The human body absorbs the most Vitamin D through sunlight exposure. It only takes between 10-30 minutes outside with your arms and legs exposed to get what you need.
  • Gardening:
    Gardening can be a great spring activity, which promotes a healthy lifestyle. Aside from physical activity, it can also help support a balanced diet by growing your own fruits and vegetables in your own backyard.
  • Physical exercise:
    If gardening isn't your thing, try walking for at least 30 minutes per day. At a moderate pace, you could burn up to 200 calories.

Winter weather may have caused some problems for your BBQ
Winter weather may have caused some problems for your BBQ

Some people may also be eager to barbecue this spring, but it's important to keep somesafety tips in mind before firing up the grill.

Snow can cause broken lines and corroded parts, which could pose a fire hazard, so experts suggest giving your bbq a quick check-up after the long winter months.

Spring vehicle maintenance is also encouraged.

Once temperatures are consistently above 7C, motorists should consider trading in the winter tires for all-seasons.

For a closer look at what the spring season will bring your way this year, be sure to check out the 2013 Spring Outlook.

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