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Let Fall Be Some Inspiration for Getting Healthier

By Tom Herrin

With the fall season moving in, people can finally put the heat and stress of summer behind them.  Fall offers some welcome relief from all that.  Most people are more than ready for those cooler, and hopefully drier, days and pleasant evenings.  There is nothing quite like the feel of the outdoors this time of year.  With that said, it can be an opportunity for people to get a little more motivated to do something to improve their health.  Exercise and fall foods both may find a place in people’s lives.

Start With Pure Fun 

A pretty popular activity these days is trying to find the way out of corn mazes.  There are quite a few around.  They pose physical and mental challenges.  People can use their minds to attempt to solve the problem while walking, jogging, or running around searching for the right path.  Spending 30 minutes to an hour in one can actually stimulate the mind and muscles, burning calories along the way.  Once people experience the enjoyment, they often seek to find more mazes.  They can be great social events for groups.

Try Some Outdoor Activities

Discovering the more pleasant days and evenings of fall can serve as an inspiration to get out and about.  With the oppressive heat and humidity of summer past, activity seems more tolerable.  People may be able to do more without tiring.  Activities such as tennis, golf, volleyball, or touch football can all be enjoyed for longer periods of time without fear of risk due to extreme temperatures.  As a college student, I began playing a very modified game of touch football many afternoons with friends.  Even though it was very slow-paced and casual, I soon managed to improve my conditioning quite a bit.

Try Some New Dishes

The fall harvest tends to produce some different kinds of foods.  A stroll through a farmers market may be an eye-opener.  There are likely some kinds of produce you never gave much thought to previously.  Pick out some items and look for some new recipes.  It can be fun to experiment with one.  Many times, those recipes can provide a change to your regular menu that can help family members gain an appreciation for greater variety and as healthier meals.  Let the season be a lead-in to a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Corpus Christi, Tex.


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