Hey there! Today I am talking about 6 of my all-time favorite healthy fall habits that you need to try this year! I published a post about a month back talking about my top 5 exciting habits for a healthy fall, and I couldn’t help but give you 6 more fun & healthy ideas! So that way, you can enjoy this beautiful fall season as your happiest and healthiest self!
1. Spending as much time outside as possible
As many of you know, when the weather begins to get colder, it starts to become more difficult to get outdoors. That’s why the fall is the perfect time to get outside as often as possible – since the weather is so crisp and comfortable! Not to mention, the lack of spending time outdoors and getting some fresh air can really begin to affect your overall mood and energy levels.
So, let’s be honest right now. How many times do you actually get outside? Especially now that it’s no longer summer and school is back in session, or if you are working a 9-5 job. If you are doing any of those two things, my guess is that you are most likely not getting outside as often as your body, mind, and soul would like. However, I completely understand how difficult it can be to find time to get outside. But trust me, making it a daily priority is so worth it! Not only for your mood and energy levels but for your health and wellness as well!
In the fall, some of my favorite ways to spend time outdoors are by going for morning or evening walks with my dogs! The weather is perfect for throwing on an oversized hoodie or sweater and bringing along a hot cup of coffee. Some other ways to get outdoors, while still soaking in all of the fall and Halloween goodness, is by going to a pumpkin patch, farmer’s market, or cider mill! Along with that, it’s the ultimate fall setting for a date with your significant other or with your friends!
2. Cooking one-pot meals
What equals the ultimate, classic comfort food? One-pot meals! And in the fall months, one-pot meals are necessary! They are the epitome of comfort food and will warm up any cold fall evening. Not only do they make preparing dinner easier and faster after a long day of work or school, but they make the cleanup 10x easier as well!
So for those days where you are feeling lazy, overwhelmed or just in the mood for a warm bowl of good food, check out these 15 insanely easy and delicious weekday recipes! In which many of the recipes only requiring one pot or pan to make. One-pot meals have definitely become a staple for me and my family for the past several years! It’s my favorite way to take the stress out of making delicious meals while still appreciating the seasonal fall foods!
Click here to see the one-pot stew recipe that I made for me and my boyfriend last night! 🤗
3. Making time for friends and family
One of my all-time favorite things about fall is a tradition that we have each year by going down to Pennsylvania to celebrate Halloween. Every year, we all drive down from Michigan to visit my aunt and my cousins, simply to spend time together and to enjoy the fall season in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. It’s absolutely something that I look forward to each year since we all live in different states – making it difficult to see each other often.
Nonetheless, whether you travel or not, I think the fall months are perfect for spending time with your loved ones! Going to football games, tailgating, apple picking, baking, or even watching Halloween movies are all great ideas that you and your family members, or friends, can do together. Try out some healthy fall recipes, take pictures in a sunflower field, or go to a drive-in movie theater! Let this fall season be about connections and making memories with the ones you love!
Yoga is such a great way to escape the stress after a long, busy day, to move your body, and to be in a state of mindfulness. I’ll be honest, I haven’t always been super into yoga. I’m more of a fast-paced and high-intensity type of girl when it comes to working out. However, I am making it a new, healthy habit of mine to commit to doing yoga at least once a week this fall, on top of my other workouts. I know that different types of yoga can be more intense (i.e power yoga and Bikram yoga) but, this fall, I’m focusing more on Vinyasa flow yoga. Which, in short definition, is pretty much known as “breath-synchronized movement.”
Trying out a new and exciting way of exercising is always a fun and healthy habit to adopt. Plus, if getting healthy, losing weight, or trying out a new exercise class will potentially be on your list of resolutions for the new year, why not start early? The fall is the perfect time to start up a new, healthy habit now that the weather is getting chillier and weekly schedules are often times very regular and planned out. Meaning, you can look at your preplanned calendar and commit to a set time/day to exercise each week!
5. Ginger + Tumeric hot cider
Who doesn’t love apple cider?! Well, I recently found a delicious recipe that may just turn into your new favorite fall beverage! While apple cider is fantastic on its own, I love that this recipe contains ginger and turmeric powder. If you’re not aware of the many benefits that turmeric powder has, definitely check out this post on how to include turmeric into your everyday wellness routine!
Along with the turmeric powder, this hot cider recipe also contains ginger. Ginger alone has numerous health and wellness benefits that are greatly powerful! It has been used for centuries to aid in healthy digestion, to decrease symptoms of nausea, increase your body’s immunity support, reduce pain and inflammation, and provides a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Sources of turmeric and ginger have always been a regular healthy fall habit of mine, and definitely one that you should try out! Eating foods that aid in the reduction of inflammation and boost your body’s immunity is essential in the fall and winter months. And this hot cider recipe is an excellent way to up your wellness game in the morning or at night!
6. Taking more Vitamin D
Along with what I mentioned above, it is important to get in the necessary amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs each day. Especially in the months leading up to the winter since this is prime-time cold and flu season. But why vitamin D in particular? Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin” since your body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight.
We get a lot of vitamin D in the spring and summer months, but not as much in the fall and winter months since we spend more time indoors. Vitamin D is essential for fighting off diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and sicknesses such as the flu. In addition, vitamin D has also been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, according to this study. Lastly, vitamin D is helpful for those who are trying to lose weight. Scientists have shown that adding in a daily supplement of calcium and vitamin D creates an appetite-suppressing effect!
All in all, studies have consistently shown that your body’s production of vitamin D drops during the winter. Be sure to make it a habit to take care of your health and wellness this fall by adding a vitamin D supplement to your daily routine! Or, be sure to eat food sources that are packed with vitamin D such as wild salmon, tuna, mackerel, mushrooms, eggs, and milk. Dairy-free milk such as almond, coconut, oat, or cashew milk is also a great and easy source of vitamin D as well!
What are some of your favorite ways to promote health and happiness in the fall months?
I would love to hear some of your healthy habits in the comments!
Have a beautiful day!