It’s that time of the year. Summer is passing by, school will be starting back up again and for
those that have kids, routines will become more scheduled and maybe even more hectic. All
kinds of after-school activities will require extra time whether you are transporting kids from one
activity to another or just waiting for practices to end.
This is a perfect time to evaluate your health and fitness goals and make changes as you head
into the last part of summer and early fall. Get into a routine and start making new habits now
regarding changes you want to make.
Evaluate your goals by asking yourself some important questions: Have you been making
healthy food choices this summer? How can you make those choices a little or a lot better?
Have you been getting enough sleep? If not, can you get to bed a little earlier? Have you been
drinking enough water? If not, can you start drinking more water and work up to 1/2 of your
body weight in ounces? Have you been getting enough movement? If not, can you start adding
20-30 minutes of movement into your day? And are you eating too much processed, fast food
and or junk food? If so, can you start cutting back and replacing these with healthier choices?
Summer is a fantastic time to check out the local farmer’s markets for locally grown organic
and/or biodynamic vegetables, fruits, and meats. If you haven’t been out to our local one it is on
Peterson Drive and open Sat. 7:00 – 1:00 and Wed. 11:00-4:00.
Summer and early fall is the perfect time to take advantage of the local options to increase the
amount of activity that you get.
There are many activities available in the local area that range from hiking, biking, walking,
canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding to name a few. Getting outside is also going to offer you the chance to increase your Vitamin D, reset your circadian rhythms and get fresh air. If you want to be on or near the water Freeman Lake is available to enjoy whether you are walking around it or spending time on the water. They even have kayaks, paddleboards, and paddleboats for rent in case you don’t have your own equipment. Walking is an option in your neighborhood, around the lake, or even at Bernheim Forrest where you can still enjoy seeing the forrest giants.
In addition, races have also started back up and you can sign up for everything from a 5K in the local area to Ironman races in different parts of the region.