Shifting Workouts Indoors
When the days get shorter, it can be tempting to curl up on the couch in the evenings instead of going out for a run, walk, or swim. Resist the temptation and use the seasonal change to take advantage of a new indoor fitness routine you haven’t tried. Barre and HIIT (high intensity interval training) are popular, and with good reason – they torch a ton of calories with workouts that challenge multiple muscle groups. Yoga has become a classic exercise to help balance the mind and blast off any seasonal depression. If traditional yoga seems too boring, try aerial yoga, where you explore poses off the ground, or acroyoga, a practice which combines yoga and acrobatics.
Throughout September, October, and November, mix up your diet with autumn’s best fruits and vegetables. Some yummy samplings to enjoy include cranberries, carrots, beets, pear, apples, grapes, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and a variety of different squash. While you can find many of these other times of the year frozen or in cans, they are all at their peak in the fall, and will taste extra delicious fresh. Many of these also make exceptional soups, including root vegetables like beets and carrots, as well as pumpkin and squash, which are best enjoyed in cooler temperatures. There are many delivery services to pick from that send a variety of produce right to your door, for added convenience and a surprise selection to try new foods.
Probiotics to Boost Immunity (and Overall Health)
The change in seasons unfortunately often goes hand in hand with colds and viruses. While zinc and vitamin C have long been the most touted supplements to boost immunity, more recently research has shown a strong connection between overall health and gut bacteria. As a result, health experts are now recommending that we turn to probiotics, prebiotics and fermented foods to restore and maintain gut health. Scientists have even discovered that irritation in the gastrointestinal system can cause depression and anxiety, both of which tend to peak in the fall and coming winter months. When choosing supplements, be sure to always choose quality products for the best potency and efficacy. In addition, a rich source of probiotics is organic yogurt, while kombucha, cottage cheese, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi are good choices for fermented foods. Prebiotics can be found in foods like Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, bananas, oatmeal and chicory root.
So, give these healthy trends a try and enjoy everything this awesome season has to offer.