When summer is over and the crisp air of fall arrives it can make you lazy or it can motivate you. I choose to let it motivate me. Although it can be a little chilly out I still enjoy getting outside and taking in all the changes fall can bring, even if I am in Southern California and the changes can be minimal, there still is a touch of fall in the air. Research is showing that sitting for long periods of time can cause many different health issues such as; low back pain, joint pain, cardiovascular issues, diabetes and more. Being outside means you are closer to direct sunlight, fresh air and closer to nature, all of these can be stress reducers and mood boosters. 30 minutes a day should be designated to moving, stretching or some kind of movement habit.
If you are someone who wants to make the change to become more active remember to start off slow and take baby steps. You need to remember you might be more prone to injuries due to lack of past mobility. This will also help to keep you motivated. Remember if you do have an injury or pain I would recommend seeing your local holistic wellness doctor like San Diego Chiropractor, Dr. Henry Wong. Many San Diego Chiropractors agree getting checked and adjusted before and after starting new exercise regiments will help to reduce injury and help with joint pain and inflammation.
With the cold of fall also usually comes with heavy comfort foods. Remember there are ways you can cook seasonal fall foods in a healthier manner. Spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes are two of my favorite fall seasonal food and I love mixing them with dark leafy greens and getting creative. Snacking smart in the fall is also essential for those who have a lot going on the last few months of the year. I recently bought some small and medium reusable containers and ensure they are filled with hummus, almonds and fruit. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean we have to go into hibernation! Get outside, move and keep eating healthy. By the time the New Year arrives you can continue on your journey setting new wellness and health goals.