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Get Fit and Healthy in Fall

Fall into health with these great seasonal food and fitness ideas.

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Some of the local parks even have fitness courses you could run through together. Set a family weekend to head to a new state park and check out the foliage or go apple picking, she suggests.

Lots of activities start up in the fall, adds Calabrese, from running and cycling clubs to local classes at the YMCA.

Calabrese encourages you to try it as a family. "Start a martial art, everyone's a beginner together; you all start out as a white belt and progress from there," says Calabrese.

"Don't force family members to do things like go to the gym with you," says Price, but rather, "combine exercise with family activities you already do."

He suggests playing football, basketball, ice-skating or taking a long walk with the dog instead of sitting around the television with rental movies and video games. Join a softball league or soccer team. Take up yoga, tennis, or salsa dancing.

New Skills for the Fall

3. Learn a skill. Always wanted to try in-line skating, golf, cross-country skiing, or ballroom dancing? Here's your chance, say experts. Use fall too as a time to gain a new skill, suggest Price and Calabrese, and set a goal for the following year.

Perhaps you want to take a spring walking tour through Tuscany, says Calabrese, or a summer bike tour through Provence. Get ready now. Ramp up your fitness so you're prepared when the time comes.

Price says he always ties it into goals; asking his clients where they see themselves in the new year. "Do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to play tennis with your son?" Whatever it might be, says Price, starting in the fall will more assuredly get you to your goal by spring.

4. Clean out the pantry. Make an effort to go through your pantry and get rid of the processed and junk foods, she says. A great rule of thumb: "People should be eating most of their foods out of the refrigerator," says Calabrese. Lean meats, fruits, and vegetables should make up the bulk of your diet, she says.

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