Take advantage of the changing season. Fall can be a treat for all the senses. Discover local parks and feel the chill, while enjoying the meandering fall scenery around a lake. Listen for the fresh crunch beneath your feet and remember to walk safely around pesky acorns and nuts. "Fall is a great time to go hiking or running – cool weather, no bugs and, of course, magnificent views. Hiking burns many calories as your increase your elevation and really work those legs,” says Michael Cain, Twin Lakes Wellness Director.
Dress in layers. When planning your outside exertion, remember to layer your clothing. Before your body begins warming up, you may feel chilled. When you get moving, you’ll have layers to remove as your heart rate increases and you feel warmer. And remember your sunglasses and hat or visor. UV protection is important year-round. Fall sun can be blinding at certain times of the day.
Rejuvenate yourself. Fall is a great time for rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. Learn to meditate. Pick up a new book. Take an art class. Invite a friend to join you for double the emotional benefit.
Savor Fall’s Superfoods. Seize the season to sample cool weather superfoods! Fall’s harvest, at local farmers markets and grocery stores, are both beautiful AND nutritious, providing fuel for colder days. Keeping these seasonal treats on hand will ensure you feel more energized as the cooler weather sets in.
- Beets: Beets are bursting with nutrients like folate, potassium, fiber and iron. These deep red and golden beauties also contain naturally existing compounds that may help lower blood pressure.
- Sweet Potatoes: Much like pumpkin, nutrient-packed sweet potatoes are good for both savory and sweet recipes. Boost your fiber intake, plus keep calories in check with slimmer potato pies and baked chips.
- Apple Cider: Apples are a healthful fall favorite but don’t count out cider! Less processed than most brands of apple juice, cider retains more nutrients, plus gives you that distinctive fall flavor in every sip.
- Pears: Often trapped in the shadow of apples, pears are one of the most underappreciated fall foods. Loaded with tummy-pleasing fiber but low in calories, pears can help you stay slim during the cold winter months. Add to desserts, salsas and grain salads.
- Grapes: Fall is the best time to pick up some grapes grown in the USA! In addition to being sweet and juicy, grapes are a good source of vitamin K, a vital nutrient for healthy blood flow. Serve fresh in salsa and chicken salad or cook down by roasting and grilling.
Here are great ideas from Twin Lakes Wellness Director, Michael Cain:
“Pumpkins provide carotenoids (which help fight heart disease and cancer), vitamins C, E & riboflavin, iron, fiber and potassium.
Apples are low in calories, high in fiber, have not cholesterol and give your body important nutrient like potassium, vitamin C, calcium and folic acid.
Pecans offer zinc, magnesium, potassium, thiamine, folic acid and vitamin B6 and they’re great sprinkled on salads or eaten alone as a snack in moderation.”
Live, Learn and Grow at Twin Lakes Community
In all of life’s seasons, it’s comforting to come home to a place where transition isn’t about what you give up, but what you’ve gained.
Twin Lakes Community in Burlington, North Carolina is a neighborhood where independence and community are treasured. We strive to help you find a place where you can expand your horizons and live an intentional life of purpose.
Schedule your visit to our community online or by calling 336-538-1572 today.