January is Fitness Month
No matter what your resolution is this year, physical activity can go a long way in helping you focus on your goals. Being active helps you be healthier and stronger and feel your best at every age. Getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 5 days a week helps to lower your risk of serious illness and improve your mood. Whether you're a couch potato imagining a more active life, a senior with a few aches, a busy parent, or a weekend warrior, it can be tough to start and keep moving. Don't beat yourself up. Remember that you are a work in progress, which means you will get there a little at a time and not all at once.
Ready. Set. Move. The possibilities are endless. Take a walk around your neighborhood or work place, invite a friend to go on a bike ride, or join a local hiking club. Do the things you love to do, and you'll never feel like your workout is work. Make fitness more fun with these tips:
Food for Thought
This month's Thrivey recipe is Chard and Chicken Sausage Pasta , which will warm, comfort, and satisfy you in the cold months. Chard is a versatile vegetable that can be eaten fresh or cooked and can be grown year-round. Its leaves are tender and have a taste similar to beet greens and spinach while its crunchy stems are slightly sweet and have a similar taste and texture with bok choy stems. It has almost as many vitamins – K, A, and C – as it does colors. This nutritional heavyweight sports stalks in a rainbow of hues including red, orange, yellow, pink, and white. Look for dark green leaves and brightly colored stems and avoid any that are dried out, split or brown.
A TIP to kick-off the year: If you haven't tried a visit to your local farmers market lately, it's a wonderful time to start. Buying from your local farmer allows you to support local agriculture, eat fresher produce, select from an amazing variety of produce, and eat locally-grown foods that simply taste better and has optimum nutrients. It's also an excellent experience for the whole family. Meeting your local community and talking to local farmers is an excellent way to learn about the produce around you and feel connected to the world around you, increasing health for your body, mind, and spirit.
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