Benefits of Fall Exercise Programs

Happy Fall everyone!

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The Autumnal season brings cooler temperatures and shorter days. Shorter days means fewer hours of sunlight, which may have an effect on your mood. To beat the Fall “blues”, try exercising outdoors. If it was too hot during the summer to walk, cycle or play a team sport, the weather is perfect now. If you are new to exercise or trying a new activity, please consult your physician first.

Fall Into an Exercise Routine

According to a recent article on the Huffington Post, exercise can boost your endorphins, making you feel good, relieve stress and help you get a good night’s sleep.

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How to Get Started With a New Exercise Routine

After you have obtained your physician’s clearance, set short and long term goals. Long time goals are usually accomplished by working on the short term goals. For example, if your long term goal is to increase your flexibility and core strength, your short term goal could be to do yoga and Pilates at least once or twice a week.

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Be Smart About Exercise

Remember, when you are planning your Fall exercise routine, be SMART:

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Specific: Is running or walking a 5K your goal? Then you should walk or run.
Measureable: To keep track of your progress, use a pedometer or activity tracker to measure how far you walk or run each session. Record your time and distance in a journal.
Attainable: Many times people set unrealistic goals, i.e. “I want to run/walk a 5K in 30 days.” Set yourself up for success with a goal that is reasonably challenging yet doable.
Relevant: A new walker or runner needs to train at least three times a week for two months to be able to do a 5K. Make sure you are willing to invest that amount of time.
Time limited goals: If you don’t create a sense of urgency, you won’t be motivated to achieve your goal. Sign up for a 5K three months before you begin your program.

Are you SMART about your fitness routine?

Healthy Fall Recipes

Tomorrow, September 23 is the first official day of winter fall!

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Do not despair, we still have plenty of reasons to smile.

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The Autumnal season means we can go on hay rides, wear cute cozy sweaters and enjoy healthy, savory fall dishes such as this one:

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Photo: Johnny Autry, Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

This recipe for Bacon and Butternut Squash Pasta calls for
crème fraîche, but you can use Greek yogurt instead to reduce calories and fat. Greek yogurt curdles with high temperatures, so make sure you do not overheat while preparing and avoid using aluminum cookware.

Doesn’t this look divine?

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Photo: Johnny Autry

Add a fresh salad with kale and white beans to this chicken and roasted brussels sprouts dish for a nutrient and protein packed meal.

What is your favorite dish to eat in the Fall?