This month offers opportunities for being active in the outdoors without it being too hot or too cold. It is a fantastic time of year for enjoying the scenery while walking, hiking or biking along the trails at the parks or conservation areas or just through your neighborhood. Purposeful exercise can be incorporated into some of the seasonal activities this time of year, either for cardiovascular , strength or both. You can get your heart rate up with yard work, lawn care, raking, gardening or cleaning house in preparation for holiday guests!
Locally there are still ample opportunities for healthy, fresh produce. Apples, pumpkins and various types of squash for example can be incorporated into meal planning. During the next few months the diet typically tends to shift toward richer, denser foods, and less of the lighter, cooler water dense foods, as the availability changes. The typical “Holiday Indulger” will gain weight during this time. If you are trying to lose or maintain weight then – beware! Perhaps after the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, you can start a family Turkey Trot, Holiday Hike or whatever you come up with. the anticipation of moving after your meal may help from having the extras!