HEALTH / FITNESS
Information about fitness, health, nutrition and weight loss
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In this Section....
- September Recipes
- September Exercise
- Fall Into Flavor
- Tips to be Physically Active and Tips to Reduce your Stress
September Recipes - Click Here
These fall recipes utilize the fall harvest to the fullest and highlight the tastiness that autumn foods have to offer. So enjoy!
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September Exercises - Click Here
Each month we will feature simple exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home and without buying fancy expensive equipment.
Fall is more than that transition between summer and winter. It is frequently the start of a new school year, football time, and the new broadcast television season. Along with those non-natural phenomenon, we can celebrate the bountiful harvests of vegetables, fruits, and grains that begin to appear at this time. Delicious stews and soups make their way onto dinner and supper tables everywhere.
As the weather grows cooler, many of us want to fill our tummies with dishes that are hearty, warm, homey and use the fresh ingredients of the season. Fall food favorites include:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Sweet Potatoes
If you're not sure what is in season in your area, you can check a regional seasonality guide like the one on the Field to Plate website to determine what produce may be the freshest in your area. Of course, if you really want to have the "fresh off the farm" experience, you can always try a local area farm where you are able to pick your own. PickYourOwn.org is a website with information related to local area farms where you can harvest your own veggies.
Submitted by: Anita Williams
Tips to be Physically Active and Tips to Reduce your Stress
Tips to be Physically Active
- Go slow and work up gradually if you're just starting out. Walking 5-10 minutes every day is a good place to start.
- Make sure you have an action plan for each season, so the weather doesn't get in the way.
- Have fun - play with your kids or dance to your favourite music.
- Bike or walk to work, the corner store, bank or post office.
- Climb the stairs instead of taking the escalator or elevator.
- Get off the bus a stop earlier and walk to work and home.
- Make appointments for walking meetings with your co-workers.
- Take the kids to school on foot.
- Park the car further away from your destination.
Tips to Reduce your Stress
- Identify the source of your stress. Figure out what is really bothering you.
- Be physically active - it can be a great stress-buster.
- Share your feelings. Talking to friends, family or co-workers can help you feel better.
- Take time for yourself. In trying to meet everyone else's needs, don't short change yourself.
- Make time to laugh - it's the body's natural stress-release mechanism.
- Eat well. Don't skip meals, and leave the office to eat it if you can. Go for a walk at lunch time.
- Take your vacations. Getting away from it all is important to your mental and physical health.
These ideas were adapted from an advertisement created by General Mills.
Physical activity is THE best form of stress relief out there. When we are less stressed, our eating becomes more controlled and we make better choices. We also tend to decrease cravings and increase energy. With our busy lives, exercise sometimes feels like a mountain not worth climbing; however, incorporating even tiny bursts of activity through the day can start to make a difference. Challenge yourself to add in some wall push-ups or a 5 minute walk today. If you can accomplish that every day this week, what could you add next week? Building a base is essential - you will feel stronger and stronger as time goes on. It's not easy, and it takes mental & physical effort to make long-term changes, but I know you can do it. Hang in there. Never give up!
Written by: Dr Doug