At this time of year, tasty treats greet us at every turn. We're tempted by plates of cookies and fudge. We might have invitations to holiday parties. When we bake for our family and friends, we may "taste test" a lot of cookies in the process. If the weather's cold, we also may stay inside and curl up on the couch with a plate of cookies. As we know, too much food and too little physical activity can result in weight gain.
When cold winter temperatures keep us indoors, what can we do to stay fit? All adults should aim for at least 2 1/2 hours, or 150 minutes, of physical activity each week. Every little bit of fitness adds to the goal. Remember, doing something is better than doing nothing! 1. Start a physical activity tradition. Instead of "cozying up" by the TV, bundle up and take a walking tour of holiday lights after dinner.
Do you enjoy the green leaves turning gold, red and orange? Nature's changing colors can be a cue to add color to your plate. How about some roasted carrots, potatoes, onions, beets and rutabagas? Vegetables provide fiber, vitamins A, C (and others), and minerals such as selenium and potassium. In general, adults and kids need about 2 1/2 cups of vegetables daily. Selecting vegetables at their best and storing them properly can help you get the best value for your money—and colorful, delicious food on your plate!