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When it comes to healthy lifestyles, New Englanders are some of the best in the country. Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut all rank in the bottom ten for obesity rates, with Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine not that far ahead. But this Northeastern cluster of relatively low obesity rates doesn’t mean that obesity isn’t an issue in Yankee country – far from it. There are plenty of New Englanders who want to lose weight and plenty more for whom weight loss is a medical imperative.
Luckily, New England offers its residents plenty of opportunities for a new, healthy, lean lifestyle. If you’re one of the millions of New Englanders who are looking to shed a few pounds (or more), take a look at some of these tips for healthful eating and exercise – and learn where to get a little extra help if you need it.
The popular perception of New England for many people around the country is of one of perpetual winter, where residents spend all their time huddled around Colonial fireplaces. Winters, of course, can be difficult, but as any New Englander knows this is far from the case.
New England offers two main benefits for residents looking to stay active: It’s relatively dense, and all but the most rural residents should have a gym or fitness center easily accessible. A simple Google search should direct you to those near you. Secondly, there are plenty of options for outdoor activities and exercise.
Hiking, swimming, skiing, cycling, and more are all abundant in New England. New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock State Park, Maine’s Acadia State Park, New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, Connecticut’s Tunxis Trail, and countless others offer some of the best hiking in the country, while Rhode Island and Massachusetts have beaches that can give those anywhere else in the country a run for their money. When winter rolls around, resorts across the region offer world-class skiing.
In short, if you’re looking to lead an active lifestyle in New England, there are few excuses not to.
New England also has quite a bit to offer for those looking for a healthful diet. Again, its relative density means the instances of “food deserts,” or areas with limited access to healthful foods, are relatively few and far between.
New England’s long agricultural tradition also means that fresh, healthful, local produce is abundant. Farmers’ markets abound in New England, with large markets like the Belfast Farmers' Market in Belfast, Maine, Sustainable Nantucket's Farmers' and Artisans' Market in Nantucket, CitySeed Farmers' Market in New Haven, Connecticut, Coastal Growers' Market in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, and many others offer New Englanders farm-fresh produce straight from the farmer. With a majority of Americans getting 60% of their calories from ultra-processed food, that’s a great resource to have.
Losing weight and staying slim is all about adopting a long-long lifestyle that incorporates healthful eating, regular vigorous exercise, and a positive attitude.
For New Englanders, that could mean taking advantage of the urban benefits of abundant markets and copious fitness clubs, as well as the more rural perks of outdoor living and farm-fresh food. For most, it will probably end up being a pleasant combination of both.
Find activities you like, and cultivate those interests so that leading an active lifestyle is a pleasure rather than a chore. Take advantage of the abundant produce that New England is known for. Staying fit for life should be within your reach.
But for all this, weight loss will always be tougher for some than for others. If you’re in Southern New England and need an extra hand in your efforts to lose weight, consider coming to Medical Weight Loss Solutions in Connecticut.* Medical Weight Loss Solutions offers customized diet and exercise programs with body composition analyses, personal training, and more from doctors and medically-trained weight loss professionals.*
Located in Wallingford, Connecticut, Medical Weight Loss Solutions is easily accessible from I-91, making it easy to get to from points north and south. Remote counseling may also be available. If you’re interested in learning more about medically-supervised weight loss services* from Medical Weight Loss Solutions, get in touch by calling 203-269-8000 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org today.