Fall Family Fitness

  Is your autumn schedule changing as quickly as the leaves? Between back-to-school, sports schedules, and a never-ending to-do list, this time of year can get a little hectic. Motivation for regular exercise can fall to the bottom of our priority list in a hurry. However, continuing movement and activity during seasonal transition is necessary for maintaining a consistent habit. Include the whole family and keep your habit going all year long. Make a List Write down a list of activities that the entire family can participate in. Make sure your list consists of a variety of types, durations, and indoor/outdoor choices. Include quick options like jumping jacks during a commercial break and prolonged options like a day of hiking in a nearby park. When you get a few moments, refer to the list and pick something that fits into [...]

Try a New Food: Seasonal Side Dishes

Seasonal Side Dishes Fall has arrived, and with it comes an abundance of hearty, seasonal produce. What are your favorites? Pumpkins and apples might get the spotlight, but so many other fruits and veggies hit their prime once colder weather arrives. Look out for some of the highest quality cruciferous veggies, squash, root veggies, pears, grapes, and pomegranates in the coming months. Seasonal fruits and vegetables tend to pack the most flavor since they’re often sourced locally and get to ripen on the vine rather than a truck. In some cases, local produce requires less travel to reach your grocery store, farmers’ market, or restaurant meal, which can mean fewer transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. And whether you’re buying at a farmer’s market or grocery store, their abundance in the marketplace means a lower cost to you. This time of the [...]