It’s now October and finally starting to feel like Fall around here. Unfortunately, a lot of people look ahead to all of the upcoming holidays and decide to “give up” on healthy living until January. Hiding under thick sweaters and scarves is tempting, but it is possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle as the holidays approach.
Fall is a great time to make smart and healthy choices for you and your family. Have you heard of Blue365®, a national program offered by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to members of participating Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Companies? This program makes being healthy affordable for you and your family.
Blue365 works kind of like Groupon. It offers weekly discounted services and products that will help you make healthy lifestyle choices easy for your family. You will also get a weekly e-mail telling you of these featured discounts (which will also be on their Facebook page).
My favorite discounts I have seen are ones for Lasik eye surgery, Jenny Craig, and even discounted hand sanitizer (no one wants to be inside and sick because of germs just when the weather is getting nice!). I also saw discounts on Polar heart rate monitors, and even 20% off Reebok products online (PLUS free shipping, wow!).
There are SO many more deals than this; you should check them out for yourself. You can sign up for Blue365 to gain immediate access to deals at http://blue365deals.com/. If your Blue Company isn’t yet participating in the Blue365® Program, you can still sign up and will be notified when your Blue Company joins the Blue365 movement.
The leaves are changing!
Here are my top five tips for staying healthy this Fall; I hope you will find them helpful!
1.) Have a plan. Going into a football or Halloween party without a plan can wreak havoc on your healthy eating. Be sure to eat beforehand, bring your own healthy food as a contribution to the party, or know ahead of time you will allow yourself one treat.
2.) Enjoy the cool weather. Now that the heat is finally leaving us, there is no excuse to not get outside and play with your kids, walk the dog, or take a hike. Enjoy the crispness of Fall and the beauty of the changing season!
3.) Enjoy your Fall TV shows … and be active. Let’s face it; we are jumping for joy at the return of our Fall TV lineup, but it doesn’t mean you have to be sedentary all night. Walk on the treadmill as you watch, do a short circuit workout during every commercial break, and stretch while your show is on. Make it fun!
4.) Try a new recipe. Fall brings cooler weather which tends to change the way we cook, and also changes what fruits and vegetables are in season. Try a new healthy pumpkin recipe or make some turkey chili for the football game. There are plenty of great recipes out there perfect for a Fall day
5.) Don’t make excuses: Fall is very busy with back to school, extracurricular activities, and parties, but that doesn’t mean you should just give up until January. Find a mantra you love, repeat it to yourself, or write it down and put it on the refrigerator or your mirror. Remind yourself that you CAN be healthy this Fall, and don’t take no for an answer. Remember, you are stronger than you think! (My favorite mantra).
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