Get Some Exercise & Have a Berry Good Time!!
Summer is in full swing and now is the season to pick blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, even grapes. Take a friend, significant other, or your whole family to one of the area’s many local farms that allow you to pick your own berries! You’ll get some exercise, learn about your local farms, how these berries are grown and are cared for, and you’ll also harvest healthy sweets from Mother Nature! If you visit pickyourown.org they have a list of farms throughout New England with the types of fruit each has to offer. All berries have a good amount of fiber and are high in antioxidants. These antioxidants help to scavenge free radicals in our bodies and are proven to have anti-cancer properties, help regulate blood glucose, improve cognitive ability by preventing inflammation in the brain, and have cholesterol-lowering effects. Lastly, berries have also been shown to potentially reduce the LDL (bad) cholesterol and have a protective ability for our good cholesterol. Get out and explore a local farm, get some exercise, pick your own berries, and bring me back a few pints of blueberries when you come into Dedham Health for your next class or strength workout!
– Guy C., Fitness Director and Martial Arts School Director at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex