As summer quickly approaches, we asked the experts to give us some helpful tips and tricks to stay healthy and active this season.
Put good stuff in plain sight
We all know we need to eat more fruits and veggies, but why do we reach for that candy bar instead of that apple or carrot?
Maybe it’s because we aren’t putting our healthy foods in the right spot in our fridges and pantries.
Dr. Patrick Friedli of Munson Medical Center has a helpful tip to keep healthy stuff in mind every time your reach for a snack.
“Oftentimes if I get a vegetable tray, I will put it front and center in the fridge instead of the crisper drawer. That’s burial ground for your veggies. So if you can keep the vegetables in a prominent place in your fridge, if it works that way, then you’re more likely to keep at them than just really prioritize that every day.”
Know your running basics
Last week we introduced our new program called running (or walking) for your life, in hopes that more of you would be encouraged to start training for your first 5K.
Lisa Taylor of the Traverse City Track Club, gives us not only tips and tricks, but gives us the low-down on the basics of running.
“It’s different from walking because with every stride and every push off with your foot, you’re going actually in the air. You’re airborne.
Walking there’s always one foot with contact to the ground and so running is different from walking in terms of the weight that you’re bearing with each foot stride, so it’s a little bit more of a power move than walking is.”
You can learn more about Traverse City Track Club’s summer training program here on its website.
Planting season is upon us…almost
Warmer weather may bring about allergens, but it also means planting season is around the corner. Allison Jackson from Rent-A-Gardener warns that you should know when the right time to plant is based on where you live.
“It’s a great idea to check with your local MSU extension office, but check what zone you’re living in. Cadillac specifically is a zone 4, a lot of the surrounding areas are a zone 5. If you live in Cadillac, that means the frost date is June 10th but that doesn’t prevent us from setting out planters just before Memorial weekend, and there’s certainly vegetables that can go in the ground a little bit early.”
Use your phone to stay healthy and fit
Most of us always have our phones on hand, so why not use it to enhance your health and fitness journey?
Patrick Freidli encourages cellphone users to download health and wellness applications.
“It doesn’t take much for us to pull out our phone and look up anything, so applications can be a quick useful way to look up items and look up how many calories they may be. My Fitness Pal, for example, might be able to tell you not only calories, but grams of carbs and protein. So that hopefully would be able to educate on what food may not be my best choice for the day.”
Make running fun!
If you think you have to clock an 8 minute mile to be considered a true runner, think again.
Running has changed a lot in the past few decades, it’s even become a hobby many people can enjoy.
Lisa Taylor gives us a bit of a history lesson.
“In the 60’s when the club began, the only people who ran were skinny males. And these days, it’s people of all sizes and shapes. Sixty-five percent women, its big people, little people, people with disabilities. It’s really not a sport for the elite, it’s the masses, and I guess I could call it a sport. It’s a recreation and it’s a health pursuit. It has really changed a lot in the last 60 years. It’s something for everyone, and there’s a less of a focus on how fast you do it by how long you can do it, and it’s different for everyone.”