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Healthy Living in the Summer

Thursday June 26, 2014

As the warm summer months are quickly approaching, so too are more opportunities to be healthy.

After a long, dark winter it will be refreshing for all of us to get outside to be active and enjoy seasonal vegetables and fruits that we have been craving.

There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors by being active this summer. Try walking, biking, hiking, or going for a paddle in a canoe. Even some regular chores like cutting wood for the fall time, cutting the grass, or food preparation are forms of physical activity. For example, picking berries involves walking, hiking, and squatting which are all good exercises.
The official health guidelines that we recommend say that adults (ages 18 to 64 years) should accumulate up to 150 minutes of physical activity each week. This type of exercise should be moderate-to-vigorous in intensity.

In other words, these types of activities should increase your heart rate, cause you to sweat a little, and also make you breathe harder. You can also tell if you are working hard enough if you aren’t able to sing, but you can still talk.

The best way to feel your best during the summer months is to exercise and eat healthy. One thing that you can do to exercise and be healthy is to try gardening. It’s much easier than you think to grow your own healthy, delicious, fresh vegetables and fruits.

Vegetables such as peas, beans, and spinach are easy to grow and can also provide you with simple health benefits. All of these vegetables are a healthy source of iron which your body needs to help carry oxygen to your heart.

You can also try growing carrots, which are a good source of Vitamin A and help your eyesight, and potatoes, which are a good source of potassium. Additionally, these types of vegetables can be incorporated into your own homemade soups and stews!

While you’re out in the garden clearing the weeds and watering the plants you will find that it is a good form of exercise. But the work is well worth the taste. Store-bought vegetables and fruits will never taste as good as ones that you grow on your own.

Canada’s Food Guide recommends that adult (19 to 50 years of age) women eat seven to eight servings of vegetables and fruits each day and adult men eat eight to 10 servings each day. One serving is equal to about half a cup or 125 mL.

Until next month’s article, get outside and enjoy the warmth of the summer sun this season by incorporating more exercise and healthy eating into your day.

Remember, your health is in your hands.

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