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Make Fall a Special Time for Your Health

By Tom Herrin

Most people go into summer enthused about all of the things they may get to do.  They finish up the summer a little less charged up as the heat and related factors may have taken some of that excitement out of them.  The fall often promises needed relief and the opportunity to be much more comfortable in those outdoor activities.  These cooler days and more pleasant nights make fall a great time for increased physical activity and a new start on improving health.  Many people find that they are able to do more without tiring in these kinds of temperatures.

Let Work Serve Multiple Purposes

A lot of the more mundane jobs can actually double as an exercise plan, for at least a few weeks out of the year.  With the onset of fall, typically leaves are doing just that.  They seem to be falling at an astronomical rate.  Raking them can be a good way of burning as many as 400 calories in an hour.  Since this generally needs to be done every day or two, people can have a pretty good workout while they take care of a chore at the same time.  As they remain focused on filling the bags, they may lose track of just how much time they are spending.

Check Out Something New

Corn mazes have become a craze in many communities.  This may be due to the fact that they are just plain fun.  Looking at it as a good group activity can make it a social hit.  Between using their minds analyzing the paths and walking, jogging, or running around trying to find the way out, it can serve as a healthy activity and be fun.  

Broaden Your Taste For Foods

Most communities have farmers markets where all kinds of local produce are displayed.  As you stroll around one, you will likely find some foods that you have never really eaten before.  Pick out some good ones, find some healthy new recipe, and take a stab at trying to make it.  Having someone help in this task can make it even more enjoyable.  Trying new foods is a great way to broaden family members’ tastes for variety.  Combine this with some of that good, healthy exercise, and you may find yourself living a healthier lifestyle.

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


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