Autumn has arrived and with it comes a visual treat with the turning of the leaves as well as cooler, invigorating weather. The chaos of the summer holiday has died down and it’s time to get back into a healthy, attentive routine, in which you and your health come first. Remember to get outside and enjoy fall’s fabulous climate.
And to help with your return to routine, here are our top tips for falling into an autumn exercise program.
1. Exercise right after meals
Burn off those calories you just ate and get some exposure to natural ions we need to get fit and stay healthy.
2. Drink lots of water
Consume enough water throughout the day and don’t eat when you’re dehydrated (your body will crave more to pull the water out of the food). Remember, indoor heating dries you out faster than AC.
3. Eat after you wake
Make sure you eat something nutritious within 30 minutes of waking up. It helps your body’s chemistry and metabolism adjust from fasting mode to active mode and will help burn calories more efficiently.
4. Walk Every Day
Go for a walk at a brisk pace each day, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. This will aid in metabolic function.
5. Go Outside
Get outside as much as possible to take advantage of nature’s ionic therapy.
6. Keep it FUN!
You’ll be more likely to go, go, go if it’s fun, fun, fun!
7. Do it for YOU first!
It’s not always easy to make “me time” but if you get enough exercise to increase your health and vitality, everyone benefits. (So yes, you’re really doing it for everyone!)
8. Maintain rituals
Rituals are important. Some people speed walk after every meal while others meditate and do yoga or pilates either alone or in groups. Pick something that you enjoy most and stick to it. Every day you must get some sort of exercise, preferably outdoors.
9. Bring friends
Walking, running, biking or hiking in groups can be incredibly motivational and help you stay on track (pun intended!)
10. Wear a light jacket when needed
Wearing something too heavy will make you get too hot too quick and you won’t move as fast to keep warm.
11. Update Your Fitness Wardrobe For Inspiration
From new sneakers to a bright-colored running jacket, updating your fitness attire can help inspire you to get up & get going this fall.
12. Make a Playlist
Put together a playlist, or subscribe to a station, that gets you pumped up and ready to move.
13. Visualize the outcome
Visualize the sun on your skin, or how good you’ll feel after your work-out, rather than the possible fatigue you’re feeling in the moment. Positive psychology can contribute to long-lasting peace, calm, connectedness, joy, and even longevity! Positive psychology is also beneficial to advance the well-being and optimal functioning in healthy people.
14. Movement that Fits your Mood
Choose an activity that relates to your mood that day. If you have a lot of pent up energy, head outside for a run; if you’re feeling tired and achy, focus on stretch and strength with a yoga class.
15. Hire a Personal Trainer
Whether a professional athlete, career professional, or a professional mom, we all need coaching to be our best. Not only is a personal trainer dedicated to you to help create a personalized routine for your body, but the scheduled commitment with them is an incentive to continue.
16. Attend an Active Health Retreat
To really get a healthy-kickstart to your fitness regime, attend a fitness health retreat. At Mountain Trek, we practice yoga, fitness, and hiking daily. Partnered with massages and spa time, this is a perfect pairing for your balanced health.
Staying Healthy As The Weather Changes
17. Get enough vitamin D
It’s been said that vitamin D deficiency is the cause of many diseases and as fall descends upon us, our skin gets covered by layers of clothing. So either expose some flesh or get a great supplement to make sure you’re not D-ficient!
18. Eat plenty of greens
Spinach, kale, romaine, red and green leafy lettuce are all great additions to your diet. They are rich in antioxidants, soluble fiber, and a plethora of other essentials like iron and more!
19. Make sure you’re consuming enough B vitamins
They relieve stress and help organs, like your heart, function properly. The veggies listed above have lots of B vitamins in them.
20. Vitamin C is a must
It helps keep your immune system balanced and ready to ward off any invaders.
21. Exercise regularly
It helps the body release toxins through sweating.
22. Avoid sugar
It acidifies the blood and creates the perfect conditions for bacteria and viruses to multiply and make you sick.
23. If the weather isn’t cooperating, hit the gym
Or visit an infrared or steam sauna in lieu of exercising outdoors. It’s not mother nature but it’ll do the trick.
24. Moderate, regular exercise has the best effect on the immune system
Be sure to include cardio, stretching, and weight training in your daily routines.
What is Mountain Trek?
Mountain Trek is the health reset you’ve been looking for. Our award-winning health retreat, immersed in the lush nature of British Columbia, will help you detox, unplug, recharge, and roll back years of stress and unhealthy habits. To learn more about the retreat, and how we can help you reset your health, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out below: