Healthy living in the Murraylands

Did summer just go by in a flash...or was it just me? 

As we move into autumn, the mornings are cooler and the daylight hours begin to shorten, and sadly it's time to say goodbye to balmy nights enjoying a barbecue on the back patio.

It's safe to say, many of us spend the summer months kick starting healthy habits.

Though, you'll notice as the temp starts to drop so does the motivation, but I'm here to tell you that a healthy routine is still achievable even in the cooler months.

While a change of season often means a change of routine and a change in the food you eat, it's not all doom and gloom.

Here's some tips to get you living and eating well this autumn.

Let's start with food...my favourite topic!

  • Be creative with veg. The change of weather means there is a new season of fruits and vegetables available. In season means cheaper and tastier!
  • Flavour up with warming ingredients, herbs and spices promote good digestion and support the immune system. Try chilli, cayenne pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger.
  • Try different cooking methods, slow cook, simmer or oven bake - will produce tender meat and punchy flavours.
  • Hearty and wholesome can still be healthy and interesting. Try quinoa instead of pasta in minestrone, or spicy chickpea mash.
  • Freezing meals - curries, casseroles, soups, mornays and stews are ideal, so next time you're in a rush¬†pull out a frozen meal for lunch instead of a trip to the bakery.

During the cold times exercise can be tough, especially fighting the urge to hibernate indoors! Keep motivated because cardiovascular activity releases endorphins that make us feel good. The obvious choice would be to head to the gym, but if that's not your idea of fun, have a go at:

  • Exploring a local trail - hiking season has begun.
  • 10,000 steps a day. Maintain motivation with a step tracker or pedometer.
  • Indoor sports - being a part of a team is fun and helps you stay accountable.
  • And, if the weather is really stopping you from getting outdoors, try a home workout. Run the stairs, play a workout DVD or YouTube indoor workouts.

Stay healthy!

Emily Arbon,

Community development officer,

Coorong District Council