Struggling back to school through the summer heat in the city can be one of the most exhausting feelings, especially if there aren’t enough hours in the day to get on the healthy living track. Work schedules and traffic flow can take up too many hours in the day leaving you exhausted. If you do more stay at home type of work then you might have the best platform for putting together your family’s healthy agenda. What you might not know is that making efforts towards reorganizing your lifestyles to be more health conscious can actually help you feel invigorated. People hear the word, “effort” and they often get intimidated by the difficulty of this effort. Start small and gradually work your way up to bigger changes, you can’t expect to see miracles overnight.
As mentioned in a previous article one of the upcoming mayoral candidates for Los Angeles, Emanuel A. Pleitez, supports healthy living. In a recent interview he expressed his beliefs on ways people could incorporate healthy habits back into their lives. “Make exercise a priority. When kids go back to school, and adults go back to work, regular exercise is left behind. Set aside an hour each day for physical activity, and exercise as a family or in groups to push each other and have fun,” Pleitez remarked. Physical activity is also one of the best ways to naturally reduce stress.
Eating healthy food is the next step. Cost and access are both main factors holding people back from purchasing organic produce. What people don’t realize is that supporting local farmers helps local businesses and aids to boost the local economy as a whole. Pleitez says, “We need more organic, healthy, and affordable options in low-income communities.” Try to include more vegetables in your home cooked meals, and try to eat more home cooked meals period.
For those who are bold and have a green thumb try growing your own vegetables at home. Many vegetables can be easily grown indoors during the fall season. This is a great new project for people who are spending time at home. Growing your own food can also be a great activity for kids. It introduces them to nature and their roots, literally! Here are a few vegetables to try growing on your own and their approximate harvest times:
- Green Beans- 6-10 weeks
- Carrots- 60-80 days
- Peppers- 8-10 weeks
- Spinach- 4 weeks
- Lettuce- 4 weeks
- Tomatoes-8-10 weeks
The best healthy living plans happen as a group effort. Find ways for your family and friends to adopt healthy living habits and don’t just try and make the journey yourself. Social support is a primary component to practicing healthy behavior.