Proven Ways to Make Health a Priority in All Seasons

As summer turns into fall, you shouldn’t put your fitness goals into hibernation

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The changing seasons often require people to make changes in their schedule due to weather, school events and holiday activities. Making health a priority in your hectic lifestyle can be a challenge.

That’s bad news for your waistline. The average American gains 1 to 2 pounds during the holiday season, according to The New England Journal of Medicine. Get a head start on staying in shape during the holiday season with these helpful tips.

Try Fun Fall Activities

If you want to explore the outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures, find hiking and biking trails in your area. Take advantage of the season by picking apples, strolling through a corn maze or enjoying the fall foliage on a scenic hike.

Make Exercise a Chore

Preparing your lawn and garden for winter is a great way to burn calories. Get some fresh air by raking leaves, trimming shrubs and planting bulbs. The bending and lifting required will strengthen muscles and build up endurance.

Seize the Moment

When the days start getting shorter, you may not have time before or after work to exercise outdoors. Don’t want to work out in the dark? Sign up for a lunchtime yoga or Pilates class that will improve your strength and flexibility. To get in a few extra steps, park farther away from your office and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Get the Right Gear

It can be more convenient to work out in the comfort of your own home. But you don’t need to purchase fancy workout equipment to strengthen your muscles and build healthy bones. Hand weights or resistance bands are inexpensive and will help improve your flexibility, balance and range of motion. Remember: smooth, steady movements avoid injury.

Turn TV Time Into Exercise

As you watch the new season of your favorite shows, walk in place or lift weights in front of the TV. During commercials, do sit-ups or push-ups. You can share plenty of laughs with family and friends while working up a sweat.

Want more information? Call MissionPoint Health Partners at 855-288-6747 or email us at members@missionpointhealth.org to learn how a Health Partner can work with you to improve your health.