Fall Living Provides Jay & Yardwork Exercise

by Cathy Clements, Nutritionist & Life Coach, NASM CNC, CPT, FNS, WFS

Fall is such a beautiful time of year, with its vibrant tapestry of colors and a distinct crispness in the air that invigorates the soul.

Well in truth, I can find beauty in each of the seasons, but there’s something undeniably enchanting about fall here in Prescott. The loud roar of crowds at football games, hot apple cider, hot chocolate…mmmmm.

Fall brings with it the idea of fluffy sweaters, scarves and warm clothing, sitting next to a crackling fire drinking a warm drink.

For me too, I think of the holidays on the horizon. As we bid farewell to October, we eagerly prepare for the heartwarming traditions of Thanksgiving, the joyous festivities of Christmas, and the hope-filled countdown to New Year’s.

Halloween kicks off the festivities with its spooky decorations and creative costumes. I loved Halloween and all the decorations on Senator Highway, and now prepare for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Each is so different in the expectations, the way we eat and the way we dress.

These are joyous times of seeing family and friends, making favorite comfort foods, and celebrating the year past. Being thankful.

In my family, football is a huge part of this season. College football takes center stage on Saturdays, and when the games aren’t going well there is always yard work that can be done now that the critters are beginning to hibernate.

It’s funny, I can go outside with great intentions of cleaning my yard and find myself enjoying the cool air and the warm sun instead. The one thing that keeps me working on it is knowing I will be having gatherings of friends and want it completed.

I use the yardwork as my workouts some days. The bending, stretching and dragging away of limbs and leaves tasks my body in ways structured workouts won’t.

I have to remind myself not to overdo it. These new movements can leave me sore; maybe you, too. Stretch out after, or better yet, take a hot tub soak. If this is your new workout for the month, take it in sections and pace yourself.

Enjoy this time of year. Try not to injure yourself!