Healthy tips to make it through the fall months

Autumn is here and brings shorter days and cooler weather. We’re not quite into sweater weather yet here in Michigan but its definitely time to dust off our winter boots. Fall is a wonderful time to set new goals for yourself and modify your healthy living routine. The holiday season will be here before we know it. Therefore, taking time to prioritize now will also help one stay on track during the winter months.

Don’t be a couch potato

Try not to form a habit of curling up and hibernating on the couch watching television. People who reportedly spend two hours or more per day in front of the television had twice the risk of a heart attack or cardiac arrest. Try limiting your television time and counter by adding other hobbies, like reading a book.  Time moves quickly. While watching television, keep an eye on the time and remind yourself not to waste time vegetating.

Avoid holiday candy

Halloween is right around the corner, followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Substitute healthy snacks for sweet candies. Try buying enough for the week and portioning your healthy snacks into baggies or containers. The bonus, you’ll feel and look better in your holiday wear.

Turn fall chores into a workout

Enjoy the cooler temps and burn a few calories while doing your fall clean-up chores.  Go ahead, play your favorite music and enjoy the outdoors.

Exercise earlier in the day

This Fall, don’t fall back, fall forward and stay encouraged by getting your workout in early.  This will allow you to have it done in the event your not up to it at the end of the day. Look for Fall Color 5K Run Walk opportunities. It’s a great way to meet friends and also witness the beautiful turning of the leaves.

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Kimberly Whitfield is the owner of Kimberly Inspiring Beauty in Strength, a fitness instructor at Go Workout Fitness Center and Trinity A.M.E. Church; a bodybuilder, and a public speaker. Visit her on the web at kwinspires.com for a list of her classes. 

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