Fall Into Fitness
You wake up lazily on a Saturday morning to find the leaves have changed to the beautiful rustic colors of red and brown. You take a moment to let it all sink in, it’s finally autumn–the brisk breeze, the pumpkin pie and of course Thanksgiving. Most of us want to just sink down into our favorite comfy sweater and sit by the fire with a cup of something warm. It’s easy to let ourselves be completely indulged in the fall season, but don’t let those yummy treats get to you! What are you to do when you are surrounded by comfy couches and delicious pumpkin pie? Don’t worry; we have read through plenty of expert advice to find some great tips to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle.
The weather may sometimes be dreary but there are a lot of options available to keep yourself active and healthy. WebMD has a great article about how to keep you exercising during the fall season1. If you belong to a gym, weather should not be holding you back from getting in there and breaking a sweat. Take this as an opportunity to see if your gym offers any new classes that you have wanted to try. Sign up for that spinning class your friends keep telling you about and take them with you. It is always a good idea to have support when exercising in order to keep each other motivated, focused, and accountable. Don’t go to the gym? That’s okay too, there is still a lot you can do in and around your own home to make sure you are getting the exercise you need to stay fit. Shape magazine has created a list of the “Top 10 Best Workout Videos on YouTube”. These videos allow the viewer to get a great workout with minimal or no equipment, and you won’t have to pay the gym membership fee2. Don’t forget to enjoy this enchanting time of the year and get outside. Take advantage of the cooler temperature and go pick some apples with the family or go on a hike to appreciate the changing seasons.
In order to keep up your healthy lifestyle you must always incorporate a balanced diet as well as staying active. Thanksgiving is the holiday where we are used to eating a freshly basted turkey leg with a side of steaming hot mashed potatoes with a pat of butter on top and a slice of pumpkin pie to satisfy our sweet tooth. There are plenty of healthy and delicious alternative ways to enjoy a favorite holiday. Marlo Thomas at the Huffington Post has come up with twelve tips for you to keep up your fall fitness3. She links us to a simple, delicious and healthy alternative to mashed potatoes. For example, Joy Bauersuggests keeping the skin on the potatoes as it supplies more fiber to the dish, using half white potatoes and half white cauliflower and adding skim milk or 1% to the potatoes4. These little changes to a traditional recipe are a great way to keep the calories down while still enjoying this Thanksgiving.
Take time this fall to be thankful for your friends, family and the gift of good health. Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on our year and look forward to a bright future. Coast2Coast is committed to helping consumers stay healthy and offer resources to benefit you and your loved ones. We are here to provide not only discounted prescriptions and health services, but also to keep you informed about your health and how you can make positive lifestyle choices to keep you healthy.
1. WebMd “10 Tips for Fall Fitness” http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/10-tips-fall-fitness
2. Shape “The 10 Best Workout Videos on YouTube”http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/10-best-workout-videos-youtube
3. The Huffington Post “12 Expert Tips for Fall Fitness” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marlo-thomas/tips-for-fall-fitness_b_1967093.html#slide=1631749
4. The Huffington Post “A Healthy Mashed Potato Recipe For The Holidays, From Joy Bauer” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/18/a-healthy-mashed-potato-r_n_1102055.html?ref=marlo-thomas