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Finding Ways to Improve Health in Fall Can Be Easy

By Tom Herrin

Many people search for ways to improve their health whenever they get the opportunity.  Some times of the year, the weather and temperatures just don’t cooperate.  At other times, it may seem almost too perfect to be true.  The fall can be that kind of time.  It is the season when temperatures often appear to be ideal.  People can get out and do more with less effort because there is simply less stress on the body.  Recovery from activity is much faster with no lingering bad effects.

Picking Fruit May Be a Start

For the fruits that are ready as part of the fall harvest, picking them can be pretty good exercise.  Picking fruits such as apples can do a lot of the things that go along with any exercise.  Reaching, bending, and stretching are usually part of an exercise program.  In my area, it is picking pecans.  Any of these can turn into a pretty good workout on a regular basis because those crops continue to ripen daily.  It can be enough to keep people occupied for weeks.  Pickers can burn hundreds of calories in an hour while passing that time without realizing it since they are busy fillings bags, baskets, or buckets.

Gathering Leaves is Also Exercise

When people walk outside in the fall, it is pretty obvious that raking leaves will be a daunting task.  People can burn up to 400 calories per hour doing this.  As they rake, bag, and carry them around to wherever they put them, it can be a steady job.  People usually get preoccupied enough with trying to get it done that they forget just how long they spend doing so.  With the steady stream of falling leaves on a regular basis, there will be plenty of opportunity to have a regular workout.

Try to Broaden Your Menu

The fall harvest can give you the chance to get out and find some foods that are new to you.  A farmers market is a good place to start.  You can browse around and choose whatever appeals to you.  All you need to do then is select a new recipe.  Experimenting with a new dish can be fun and healthy.  Adding dishes to your old routine menu can help family members develop a willingness to try new foods.  Combine this with some exercise, and you may discover you're living a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Redlands, Calif.


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