Bright sunshine, warm temperatures and long days typically translate to a more active lifestyle. As you experience the seasonal shift, you may be wondering how to keep the it going.
Autumn isn’t a cosmic signal to cut back on healthy living. It may mean making a few minor adjustments, but even as summer winds down, the simplest ways to energize your life are to continue to eat healthy and be active! If you looking for easy, natural ways to put a little more pep in your step, a few easy-to-integrate tips will keep you going (literally) or help you reclaim your natural energy …
Eat healthy. It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.
- Plan meals. Sticking to a grocery list reduces impulse buying and eating.
- Eat a solid breakfast every day to lose weight and eliminate afternoon cravings.
- Spend less by eating local and in-season foods. For out-of-season fruits and veggies, choose frozen when needed.
- Transform the traditional meat-starch-veggie plate into an easy-to-prepare skillet meal or a filling salad with fixings.
- Increase the nutritional value of favorite foods by adding fruits and vegetables. For instance, add thin slices of fruit to a peanut butter sandwich.
- Avoid energy drinks and caffeine which give a costly, quick boost but then drain your natural energy reserves
Be active. It makes you feel better, improves thinking, concentration and productivity.
- Adults need 30-60 minutes of activity for health and weight-control. Try 10-20 minutes at a time, 3 times a day and watch it add up! Jogging, gardening, walking, even cleaning house all count.
- Kids need 60 minutes of activity every day. Running, jumping, rollerblading, biking, rebounding, jumprope, walking the dog, mowing the lawn, sports … the list of possibilities is endless. Just keep them moving.
- If you aren’t used to physical activity, start out with just a few minutes and add time each day as you get stronger. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can reach your goal.
- Check with your medical health professional if you have concerns.
Drink water. This is so important.
- Water is the ultimate thirst quencher.
- The body’s vital systems need it, not just once or twice but throughout the day.
- The more active you are, the more water you need. Be sure to drink plenty after working out, prolonged sun exposure, and consuming salty, sugary, or process-heavy foods.
- Before you reach for soda, coffee, tea or juice, drink water. Make it your primary beverage.
Told you these were easy! Portland and Vancouver residents are blessed with tons of produce markets, hiking trails, and healthy resources to keep us energized through the seasonal shift.
Energize your life! Eat healthy. Be active.