September 23 is the first day of fall. For northerners, it means sweater weather and the beauty of fall foliage. But for Floridians, fall doesn’t quite take on the same meaning. While small changes in the weather in September can be almost imperceptible at first, October and November bring larger changes. Fall in Florida does have its perks.
- The heat and humidity do lessen. The mornings and evenings cool off a few degrees. The amount of rain lessens and the humidity decreases. This means exercising outdoors becomes easier. Fall is a great time to start a routine of morning or evening walks, bike rides, or runs. It’s also a good time to get in your last swims in your unheated pool.
- Fall is a good time for planting. Lettuce, cucumbers, eggplant, and peppers are good backyard crops to try. Growing your own vegetables is a great way to encourage their consumption by the whole family.
- Farmer’s markets reopen. Weekends are a great time to stroll through the stalls of your local farmer’s market and stock up on some fresh vegetables and locally produced food items.
The above is offered by Dr. Shillingford, M.D., P.A., a South Florida surgeon specializing in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and adjustable lap band surgeries. Dr. Shillingford’s patients come from all over the state, including Boca Raton, Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Jupiter, Orlando, Tampa, Naples, and Jacksonville. Dr. Shillingford’s gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and adjustable lap band patients are encouraged to get outside and enjoy all that fall in Florida has to offer.