• Saturday , 28 January 2023

Forget new year’s. September is the best time for resolutions

Most of us wait until new year’s to make resolutions, but fall might be a better time to make self-improvement plans.

Setting new year’s resolutions at the beginning of January is setting yourself up for failure. It’s cold and it’s dark, so naturally we seek comfort in food, drink and glorious carbs.

Even if you don’t have kids to send to school or practice, fall seems to be the time of year when people settle back into routines.

Programs that have quit for the summer start back up. Company goes back home. Nightly barbecues and drinks on the patio with neighbours and friends come to an end.

Most people around here vacation in the summer so they can go camping in our great outdoors or wait until winter so they can make a sunshine escape down south somewhere.

But in fall everyone seems to be back at home and ready to get back into a pattern.

When it comes to setting resolutions and goals, most of us focus on improving our diet and exercise, because the older we get, the more we value our health.

At this time of year, temperatures become more moderate and there still is plenty of daylight, making fall a great time to be active outside.

Being active outside on these mild autumn days can have huge mental and physical health benefits.

If you’re the kind that needs a little prodding, in a few weeks the Peachland Tourism Promotion Committee will host a Peachland Trail Awareness Day with guided hikes through four of Peachland’s most popular trails.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until October to go hiking around the area, but if you’re apprehensive about trekking through unknown territory, or don’t have companions to join you, these guided hikes are a good opportunity to get out there. The hikes vary in length and difficulty, so if you have adequate mobility and are in reasonable shape, there should be something for everyone on offer.

There are also recreational opportunities at the community centre, the 50+ Activity Centre and the Wellness Centre to help to get moving.

But if improving your diet is more your goal, I don’t think there’s a better time of year to try than at harvest time.

The farmers’ markets have an abundance of produce now, making it easier than ever to enjoy fresh and healthy locally grown produce.

I picked up a head of broccoli for $5 at the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market last weekend and it made a huge batch of soup that’s provided some very satisfying lunches on these cooler rainy days. I weighed it when I got home and that head of broccoli was a whopping 1.8 kilos.

You won’t find that in January.

By Joanne Layh

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