Fall is starting to set in, and that means we are right around the corner from Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. There are so many things we have to look forward to in the next weeks, pumpkins, hot apple cider, warm sweaters, the list goes on.
But whether autumn is your favorite time of the year, or if you are just getting through another season, it is crucial to ensure that your workout and wellness routines are still prioritized. While our schedules might be a little busier, it is essential that we don’t get too caught up in the colorful leaves and forget about balance.
So, before you start prepping for the last few months of the year, remember that your healthy habits need to stay with you while you are embracing the new season. So how do we keep our healthy habits with us while we welcome this time of the year? Try out the tips below to help you prioritize your health and wellness all autumn long.
Chase the Winter Blues Away
Exercise is beneficial year-round. However, during the Fall and winter, exercise can be even more critical. For people who suffer from mood disorders in the winter, whether it’s a seasonal affective disorder or a mild case of the winter blues, the feel-good endorphins that come from working are essential for giving your mood a much-needed boost.
All types of depression can be reduced with regular exercise. Since exercising outdoors has been shown to decrease the effects of seasonal depression, a walk or jog outside is the perfect way to take in all of the fantastic colors that come in the autumn. If being outdoors isn’t your thing, try motivating yourself with a different challenge. Consider going to another gym or trying a new class. A change of scenery can go a long way towards boosting your mood.
Get Cozy at the Beach
The beach isn’t meant only to be enjoyed in the summertime. If you love being at the beach in the summertime, give it a try in the autumn, or even in the winter. All you need to be able to enjoy the beach in the colder weather is a couple of warm blankets and some friends or family.
You can spend a day at the beach, walking along the water, and playing in the sand. Cap it all off with a bonfire, and you will be getting your dose of the beach and outdoors. If you are going to have a bonfire, ensure that you are in a designated fire-safe zone. If you aren’t sure, check the National Park Services website before you head out.
Get Your Steps In
There are so many great activities happening in the Fall that will help you meet your daily step goal. Check out your local community’s guide, and you are sure to find apple picking, haunted hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin picking, and more. If you prefer to stick close to home, grab your rack and get started on cleaning up the leaves that have taken over your yard. Before you know it, you will have met and even exceeding your stop goal.
Avoid Cabin Fever
The weather is getting cooler, and that makes it a great time to curl up on the couch and binge-watch all of our favorite shows. While we are all creatures of habit, there is a difference between getting cozy and watching a movie and becoming a couch potato for the next few months. It is important to beat cabin fever and incorporate new things into your life. There are many different options out there. You can try a marathon, join a sports team, or even gather up some friends for a game of flag football on a Saturday afternoon. If it is getting too cold outside for you to be comfortable, consider board game nights that take place at a different friend’s house every weekend. The important thing is to break up the monotony of the colder seasons to keep your mood boosted.
Break out your cauldron.
Autumn is the best time to bring out the slow cooker and the family recipe book. Autumn brings different vegetables into the season, and those vegetables can be used to make up some great and immunity-boosting soups and broths for you to freeze and enjoy all winter. Pumpkins, butternut squash, and cauliflower all make great soups. There are also seasonal drinks that you can enjoy while keeping warm. Try spiced apple and pumpkin spiced chai.
Don’t let the absence of a family recipe book deter you. Reach out to family and friends for their favorite recipes or do a quick internet search to find hundreds of recipes that use Autumn flavors.
Embrace autumnal superfoods.
Eating seasonal foods has widespread benefits. First, it helps to support local farmers, which helps to boost your local economy. It also helps the environment and, perhaps most importantly, it will save you money while adding some variety into your diet.
Sure, we have all used the seasonal foods to make apple cobblers, sweet potato pies, and pumpkin cheesecakes. But why stop there? There are so many other ways to use the seasons’ offerings. Toast some pumpkin seeds for a boost of protein in your diet that can also improve your heart health. Roast some freshly picked apples with some cinnamon and walnuts for a snack that is high in fiber. Or roast some autumn veggies like Brussel sprouts and squash as a great addition to your dinner.
Tune in to transformation.
Autumn is well known as a season that is used to reflect and relax. This often leads to our minds being opened to the prospect of change. Taking up yoga or meditation is a great way to aid in recharging and resetting your batteries. Make your home feel comfy and cozy using some pumpkin or fall scented candles. No matter what you choose to do, take some time to ensure that you are keeping both your body and your mind healthy before the holiday craziness sets in.
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