The changing of the seasons equals new beginnings, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, and perfect sweater weather. But, if you're bumming about disappearing sunlight and lower temperatures, keep the following list handy.
7 Ways to Stay Healthy & Active During the Cool-to-Cold Fall Season
1. Hike in Earnest
The fall is prime hiking season, with gorgeous views and comfortable weather. Plus, hiking is a great cardiovascular exercise that can accelerate fat-burning. Besides, what feels better than breathing in the fresh air on a gorgeous autumn day in the middle of the woods?
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2. Drink Tons of Water
Dropping temperatures means drier air. So, even if you're not sweating from humidity, you still can be losing a lot of hydration. Always aim for at least half your body weight in fluid ounces of water per day, and keep in mind that you may need more if you're super active.
3. Try a New Exercise Class
With the whirlwind of activity going on this time of year, it can be easy to lose focus or even hit a plateau in your training. This makes it the perfect time to try that new workout class you've been thinking of, whether it's yoga, Pilates, spinning, or even a personal training session.
4. Double Down on Your Warm-Up
In addition to wearing proper layers, you should take extra time to warm up your body before exercise. Cold weather can be a shock to your lungs, joints, and muscles, and without proper preparation, you may quickly find yourself sidelined by an injury.
5. Try a New Homemade Recipe With Seasonal Produce
Homemade cooking is healthy, tasty, and cost-effective. Plus, if you use in-season produce (like apples, beets, and pumpkins), your food will have even more vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and other nutrients.
6. Make Your Yard Work a Workout
Got a pile of leaves to tackle? Step up the pace so your heart rate is elevated. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
7. Brew Some Tea
Black and green tea are packed with antioxidants and lower in caffeine compared to coffee. Not only can drinking tea help you fight off the cold and flu, but it can also help you avoid sleep disruption thanks to shorter days and those tempting coffee breaks.