As we continue into the fall season, the weather is starting to get a bit colder, the leaves are changing color, and we are settling into our fall routine of earlier mornings and shortened daylight for our evenings. Those with children have settled into the school year and evenings are filled with school work, after school activities, and preparations for the upcoming day. One thing is certain though, as the weather changes, our days spent engaging in outdoor summer activities are coming to a close. Overall, the time spent indoors is increasing and we are becoming less active, which can be hazardous for our health and weight with the approaching holiday season. The question is: What can I do to prevent the holiday pounds from weighing me down and get spooky with the Halloween spirit?
Diet! No, not go on a diet! Our diet is everything we consume on a daily basis for our body to take in calories, minerals, and vital nutrients. To help maintain a healthy weight it is imperative you keep your diet rich with vegetables! These low calorie options help to fill you up and are rich in vitamins, minerals, and may prevent certain types of cancer. Get into the spirit of the fall and switch out your “go to” vegetables with some bright fall options: arugula, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery root, onions, pumpkin, spinach, and zucchini. You can eat them raw, steamed, lightly sauteed, dipped, smothered, or add them to a homemade warm soup; just to name a few ideas! These amazing vegetables are in season now, so you can save in your pocketbook while keeping with the spirit of the season. It gets even better with local fall fruits that hit our stores this season at a cheaper rate! Welcome in the apples, cranberries, figs, and fresh grapes. These are great snack ideas for during the day too!
Although it is getting cooler, get creative with staying active off the water! Take advantage of this cool crisp weather to get outdoors and go apple picking, take an evening walk with the leaves crunching under your feet, and/or take the family pumpkin picking for their Halloween carving fun! The local area has a wealth of natural beauty with hiking and walking trails awaiting your arrival. You can be adventurous and go out kayaking or canoeing, which are available for rent on base!! Take advantage of your lunch and go walking with co-workers. Rather stay indoors? No problem, stay active while watching your evening T.V. shows. You can go to the MCCS Fitness Facilities and watch while you work, or stay home and do squats, lunges, push-ups, and/or tricep dips and leg raises off the couch!
North Carolina is spectacularly beautiful this time of year! Lets’ embrace the grounding energetic changes, and celebrate our way through a healthy fall. Do you need more ideas for workouts, healthy recipes, snack ideas for work, or current programs happening at MCCS Cherry Point Health Promotion?
Do not hesitate to contact the Health Educator at 466-6474