School is back in session, the leaves are changing, and crisp cool mornings will be dawning, this only means that fall is on the horizon. Once fall arrives, which is around September 21, our mindsets go towards planning for the holidays –Halloween (though not a holiday), Thanksgiving and Christmas; three of the most gluttonous events/holidays/months of the year. While we look for comfort foods when the weather changes, we also like to relax in our warm homes, go to bed sooner because it gets dark earlier; we just like being home during these months, we become sedentary. According to a poll taken by an aromatic company (whose business is to bring seasons to life with scents), over 88% of Americans say fall is the best time of year; it’s not too hot and not too cold, warm days and cool nights. With all that being said, how can we maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle during our societal self-imposed “hibernation?”
According to the Cleveland Clinic, a wellness regimen during those cooler months helps to maintain good cardiovascular health and does wonders for your mental capacity. According to Cleveland Clinic’s website as one of the world’s most respected academic medical centers, “we see first hand the consequences of certain preventable conditions and their effects on the healthcare system. The Cleveland Clinic is dedicated to helping patients, the community, and its employees achieve optimal well-being and a high quality of life by changing unhealthy behaviors and making healthy life choices.” Some things to be aware of during this time are your physical and mental well-beings. Your physical regimen, to compensate for being less active than during the summer months, would be to eat extra healthy meaning take in additional servings of vegetables especially green vegetables important for fighting cancers and other conditions of the lung, colon, breast, cervix, esophagus, stomach, bladder, pancreas and ovary. (Optimum Wellness, August 2007) Exercise daily. Exercising can reduce the aging biomarkers (functions and conditions that change with age), normalize blood pressure, firm up muscles and improve memory. If you can’t exercise, take a walk after dinner to clear your head, burn calories and keep your heart functioning at normal levels. This all seems very simple and yes it is that simple. Stay fit during those cooler months and the upcoming winter season, your health is worth it.