From the Beacon: Library can help with fitness goals

It's that time of year when nights are longer, days are cooler and comfort food is calling. With Thanksgiving days away, and the holidays coming up fast, it might be tempting to fall into a "I'll wait for my New Year's resolutions" mind-set when it comes to health and fitness. But don't! At the Beaufort County Public Libraries, you can find all kinds of resources to help you with your fitness goals no matter what time of year it is.

Maybe you are tired of the one-size-fits-all mentality of most approaches to fitness, and you would like to work on improving your overall health. But you're not sure where to start. Try "Fit and Female: The Perfect Fitness and Nutrition Game Plan for Your Unique Body Type" by Geralyn Coopersmith. She looks at six different female body types and gives expert advice on the right combination of eating right and exercising that will bring out the best for your type.

Or maybe you've got diabetes and have become disheartened by the effect of medications on your fitness levels? Try "The 7 Steps Diabetes Fitness Plan: Living Well and Being Fit with Diabetes, No Matter Your Weight" by Sheri Colberg. This book looks at the health concerns of those living with Type 2 diabetes (or pre-diabetes) and breaks down a fitness plan into easy, manageable steps. If you're worried about the extra weight you carry around your middle, then this is the book for you.

If you're interested in help moving around more, then try one of our exercise videos, such as "So You Think You Can Dance? Get Fit: Cardio Funk." This peppy DVD from the TV show of the same name will break down dance moves that you can learn in the privacy of your own home to help you move more and have fun. If cardio isn't quite your speed, try "Keeping Fit in Your 50s: Flexibility." With a 40-minute workout and bonus features like an introduction to yoga and Pilates, this DVD will help keep you moving. Plus, it's led by Cindy Joseph, who became a model when she was 49.

Need some creative ways to eat healthier? The library has plenty of cookbooks that will inspire you, such as "The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative to Lifelong Health," by Nancy Harmon Jenkins. With recipes like Aegean Fish Soup with Rice or Pizza Margherita, eating healthy never tasted so good.

Of course, if you just really want to give in to that craving for comfort foods that cold weather brings, the library can help out with your guilty pleasures too. How about "The All New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook"? With recipes ranging from Fried Eggplant to Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, you're sure to find just the thing to make your fall festivities perfect. And there's always New Year's parties to start planning for, so you might as well make those resolutions worth it.