Staying on track: 3 ways to kickstart a healthy fall
Lacking culinary inspiration as grilling
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season ends? Keep telling yourself
that you will start going to the gym
next week? Binge-watching TV rather
than tackling a crossword puzzle?
We can often be our own biggest hurdle
when it comes to making healthy
decisions. But sometimes all it takes is
a gentle nudge from a friend or a fun
new idea to spark your motivation.
Below, find three simple ideas to help
you live your best life and boost your
mental and physical health.
Staying active: Push-ups
While the thought of doing push-ups
might be intimidating, there are plenty
of ways to make the exercise simpler
while still gaining strength in your
arms, chest and back. Try a modification
on the classic push-up that could
even be done on a secure countertop
in the convenience of your home.
1. Place your hands on top of a countertop
or other firm surface. Make sure
to spread your fingers wide.
2. As you lower yourself toward
your hands, keep your shoulder blades
down and back.
3. Once you have gone as low as you
can, come back up and repeat.
To take a more active role in
your health, some health plans,
including UnitedHealthcare, offer
gym memberships at no additional
cost. To learn more, visit
your doctor prior to beginning an
exercise program or making changes
to your lifestyle or health care
Staying healthy: Walkin
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors.
Pack these protein-rich wraps for a
picnic and marvel at the fall colors. Not a
fan of pesto? No problem. Hummus and
seasoned cream cheese are equally fl avorful
Servings: Makes 2 wraps
• 2 whole grain tortillas, 8”
• 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
• 1 cup spinach leaves
• 4-6 thin slices tomato
• 1/2 avocado, cut into 6 slices
• 4 slices turkey breast
• 2 slices mozzarella cheese, cut into 3
1. Spread 1 tablespoon of pesto on the
center of each tortilla.
2. Layer each with the spinach, sliced
tomato and avocado, and then the turkey
3. Roll the tortilla into a snug roll and
wrap with parchment paper (wax paper
4. Tie each end with string before cutting
in half diagonally to serve.
Health facts: calories: 462; total fat:
20.8g; saturated fat: 0g; cholesterol:
33.4mg; sodium: 178.1mg; carbs: 48.8g;
dietary fi ber: 8.1g; sugar: 5.3g; protein:
Staying mindful: Brain quiz
Keeping your mind active and engaged
is a good way to help fend off memory
loss. Brain games, like trivia, are fun ways
to help keep your memory sharp.
1. Which is the biggest part of your
brain? a) Cerebrum b) Cerebellum c)
2. How much does the average adult
human brain weigh? a) 1 pound b) 3
pounds c) 6 pounds
3. Which part of the brain plays an
important role in long-term memory and
spatial navigation? a) Hippocampus b)
Hypothalamus c) Basal Ganglia
Find more simple ways to help enhance
your mental and physical health at newsroom.
Plans are insured through
UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or
one of its affi liated companies, a Medicare
Advantage organization with a Medicare
contract. Enrollment in these plans
depends on the plan’s contract renewal