Before winter arrives, it is important to rethink your health routine. The sudden chilliness in the air can make it easy to neglect your wellness; use autumn as the transition period to revamp your regimen and prepare your body and mind for the change of seasons.
Here are just a few ways to stay healthy this fall:
The colder weather may tempt you to stay indoors. Put on a sweater and get outside! Take advantage of the cooler temperatures (hiking in the heat is no fun, anyway) and enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage. Even a short walk around the park can keep your heart rate up and allow you to reap the physical and mental benefits of exercise.
Fall is the perfect time to get outside before the snow falls. If hiking or other outdoor activities aren’t your thing, there are still ways to stay active. For example, trick-or-treating! Turn Halloween into a chance to burn some calories by taking part in the walking festivities. Corn mazes and pumpkin patches are other fun options to get moving.
According to a study performed at the University of Chicago’s General Clinic Resource Center, sleep is not only good for increased energy and mental sharpness; sleep loss and weight loss are also directly linked. Cutting back on sleep appeared to compromise efforts to lose fat through dieting. Fat loss was reduced by 55% percent with lack of sleep.
Get regular massage
Fall isn’t all pumpkin spice and pretty leaves. With it comes the stressors of going back to school and getting ready for the holidays – yikes! Now is the perfect time to incorporate regular massage therapy into your daily routine. Just one hour of massage therapy a week can help you beat stress and anxiety and allow you to really enjoy the season.