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(Fall)ing into a Healthy Lifestyle: Health and Fitness Tips for Autumn

(Fall)ing into a Healthy Lifestyle: Health and Fitness Tips for Autumn

There’s nothing quite like waking up to a cup of hot apple cider and looking outside to the trees adorned with rich yellows, oranges, and reds. Fall is here! Here are some tips for staying healthy and fit in the season of change.


Staying Fit in the Fall

Even if fall isn’t your favorite season, you have to admit, it’s a relief from the seemingly never ending dog days of summer. If you’re like most people, staying healthy and active in the fall is a serious challenge in the face of blueberry, apple, and pumpkin pies alike! Here are some healthy suggestions that fit into the fabric of all things fall.

Goal Setting!

Fall is the season of transition and new beginnings. What a great time to set new goals for yourself! Whether it’s a new job promotion, the start of school, or the thought of the holidays looming around the corner, fall presents a perfect opportunity to get organized.

According to a Harvard Business School study, a person’s productivity increases in times of bad weather (aka on rainy and cold days) because they’re less distracted by the heat and sunshine. Simply put, bad weather is a good time to set goals. With that being said, you may be wondering how to most effectively set goals for yourself.

Journaling...Pencils Out!

Forbes insists that the best way to get the ball rolling on setting goals is to write them down. In fact, writing down your goals triggers a specific part of your brain that not only legitimizes your goals but actually sets them into motion. Whether you’re goal is to carve out 45 minutes a day to walk your dog, take a mid-day walk during lunch, or reorganize your kitchen cabinets, it is essential to write it down.

When To Take It Outside and Keep It Inside

As the weather gets colder, and the days get shorter, you might find yourself hanging out inside more often. It is important to switch up your workout routine to include both indoor and outdoor exercising.

Fresh out of fall fitness ideas? Below are some autumnal activities to get your blood pumping!

Exercise, but make it scenic

Fall is said to be the most beautiful season of the year. In case you forgot, here are 611 reasons why it is the season of sheer splendor. A great way to add variety into your workout is to do some outside enjoying the great outdoors, and complete others indoors.

The Active Times gives five great reasons to run outside in the fall, and it may or may not involve pumpkin spice lattes. Even if running isn’t your thing, exercising outside is proven to boost your mood and improve your self esteem.

Start your exercise off inside stretching and warming up your muscles. Fill up your water bottle and make sure you’re dressed in the best moisture-wicking clothing.

Looking for an out of the box fall exercise experience?

Baby Goat Yoga

Yes, you read that right. Baby Goat Yoga has taken the yoga world by storm! Everybody knows how beneficial yoga is for your body and mind, but what happens when you throw goats into the mix? Lainey Morse, the mastermind behind Baby Goat Yoga, claims that goats are the quintessential therapy animals because “Goats don’t need to develop a special bond with a person before they start interacting with them.” Who knew?

So if you’re the kind of person who enjoys mental clarity, physical wellness, and cute animals - Baby Goat Yoga is right up your alley this fall! Click here to find a farm near you. Get go(at)ing!

(Fit)ting Foods for Fall

As George Bernard Shaw once said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” Instead of falling into fatty foods this season, fit into healthy alternatives! In the season of pumpkin carving, carve out some time to come up with a few healthy recipes using the season’s finest foods. Not sure what foods to put on the table? Good Housekeeping will help you pick your favorites among 31 Healthy Fall Foods, According to a Nutritionist.

Prioritizing your fitness and health goals in the fall is as easy as pie!

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