By Kimberly Jenkins
Wilkes County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent
Fall is nearly here, y’all! For many of us that means endless amounts of football, watching the leaves transform to vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange and cuddling on the couch while smelling the lovely aroma of pumpkin spice candles and other fall scents throughout our homes.
Did you notice a commonality between each of the hobbies that were mentioned? No physical activity! This fall, let’s work together to turn over a new leaf and get fit!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Over 80% of adults in the United States do not engage in adequate amounts of physical activity putting them at a higher risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and much more”1. By regularly working out, we can increase our chances of living longer, improve physical limitations and strengthen our bones and muscles.
Sometimes exercise gets put on the backburner because of the multitude of after work obligations such as school meetings, sporting events and homework. However, you can easily make it an evening family fitness affair.
How? By doing yard work, cleaning and even mowing the lawn. Everyone can get some type of physical activity throughout the day and gain significant health benefits regardless of age, shape, size or ability.
In addition to being physically active, it’s also important to track your progress. It’s the best way to ensure that you’re getting adequate amounts of fitness daily. Not all of us have the extra cash to invest in electronic activity trackers, but don’t worry – UGA Extension’s Walk Georgia is here to help you!
Residents of Georgia counties can use Walk Georgia to track their activities, and gain access to research-based knowledge and fitness resources. Plus, the map feature is becoming quite popular! To virtually travel across the Peach State using an interactive map and learn about our 159 counties is a great way to keep fit.
Need ideas on fun activities?
- Playing football is more fun than watching football. So, get outside and have your own games between the hedges with your family.
- Instead of taking in the nature’s beauty from your window or during a drive, get out and go walking or jogging while admiring the colorful leaves at the same time.
- Finally, instead of cuddling on the couch all day enjoying the fall scents that have filled your home, you can take in the delightful scents while doing chair exercises in your own living room.
If you’re ready to kick your fitness adventure into high gear this fall, visit the Walk Georgia website and sign-up to fall into fitness! Remember, physical activity reduces stress, prevents high blood pressure, obesity and much more! HAPPY FALL! Now have fun and get fit!
- (2016) Physical Activity. World Health Organization. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/topics/physical_activity/en/