Exercise, Healthy Eating

Good bye Summer, hello Fall!

One thing I noticed during my regular early morning stroller walk was the air.
I could definitely feel the sense of fall and thought about some fresh start for exercising and healthy eating habits.

A lot of people tend to focus on making a new year’s resolution in January, but why not in September?  If you start a new activity now, your body will have good time to master the skills and burn more calories by January (body burns fewer calories when you start something new due to the learning curve).
Kids go back to school might mean that you have a bit of free time for YOU, leaves start changing colors and would be a great time for a long walk or even hiking.  Speaking of leaves, raking them or doing some yard work is an amazing way to get your heart rate up and burn calories.  If you are lucky enough to kayak or canoe, they give you an amazing whole body workout.  Whatever you choose to do, try doing so over 30 minutes!
Now, whenever I think about fall, I think about a pumpkin (to me, “Kabocha Squash”, to be exact).  It maybe is because of Halloween, or maybe because of a hearty soup I like to make with a pumpkin and some root vegetables, like sweet potatoes, carrots, ginger and garlic.  Most root vegetables are high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin C and beta-carotene, usually low in fat and calories.

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