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Fall's Coming! Keep It Simple and Make It Great

By Sandy Schroeder

Whatever you have in mind for fall, you may want to work on health and individual strengths to make everything work better. Boosting the immune system, trying new sports, and finding simple ways to stay calm can make life a lot easier.

Give the Immune System a Boost

Fill your shopping cart with apples, pumpkins, corn, butternut and root vegetables. Try some new recipes from Epicurious.com and invite everyone over for supper, making sure the menu is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Light a few candles and spend the evening sharing ghost stories.

Try a New Yoga Pose

“Legs Up the Wall” is a pose used by my yoga class to wrap up each session. This pose can relieve headaches, energize the body and calm the nervous system. It also works well at the end of a long day to soothe the body and let go of stress.

To execute the pose, sit on the floor parallel to the wall. Lie on your back with your buttocks against the wall. Bring your legs straight up the wall and stay there for at least 10 breaths. Breathe in and breathe out to slow the heart rate and nervous system. To leave the pose bend the knees and roll to the side.

Spend Time Outside

You may want to do one last sweep of summer favorites with barbecues, swimming or boating and then move ahead to fall. Here are a few starters.

Pick up some pumpkins - Choose your favorites from a local patch and carve a few. Station them in the windows or on the mantel to set the mood for the holidays.

Go mountain biking - Pick a scenic route and spend the day. If you are looking for a regular exercise routine this may be the way to go.

Do a photo shoot - Capture all of the fall colors in pumpkins, leaves and gourds or head for the water and focus on all of the reflections.

Camp out - Stay close to home if your kids are little, or venture further with teens to find new camping spots. A weekend away may be just right before the fall season rolls ahead.

Pick some apples - Fall’s a great time to visit a local orchard, bringing home lots of apples for applesauce, cider and pies.

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

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