Summer May be Ending, But Your Healthy Lifestyle Doesn’t Have To
As the warm weather is replaced by the cool, crisp air of fall, it can feel harder to keep up the healthy, outdoor lifestyle we embraced in the midsummer heat.
But even as the days get shorter and the mercury starts to drop, there are plenty of ways we can adjust to the new season and continue to take good care of ourselves.
Here are our top tips for maintaining your summer health habits as the seasons start to change.
1) HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON
If you took up outdoor exercise like walking, running or biking this summer, we’re guessing you tried to avoid the hottest part of the day, leading to some pretty early mornings.
In fall, the cooler temperatures mean you can enjoy the great outdoors all day long, so adjust your training schedule, hit the snooze button and take advantage of the flexibility of fall. After all that extra sleep is vital to keeping your body in tip-top shape.
2) LEARN TO LOVE YOUR LAYERS
One of the joys of summer is the confidence you feel leaving the house, knowing the sun will keep shining, the weather will be sweet—and you don’t have to worry about what to wear.
But fall weather can be unpredictable. Will you get drenched with autumn showers? Will you freeze as temperatures drop? Will you bake in the fall sunshine? All of the above?
Ultimately, as an infamous hiker once said, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. So if you’re exercising outdoors, learn to layer up in style.
3) KEEP CHUGGIN THAT WATER
We get it—the heat of summer has faded, rain is soaking your skin, and you really don’t need to get any wetter. But H2O is still vital to life, even in the fall. Water helps our brain function, lubricates our joints, regulates our temperature, helps digest our food and much more.
Without enough water, we become dehydrated. This can lead to everything from headaches, muscle cramps and dry skin to fainting, fatigue and seizures. Just because it’s no longer warm out doesn’t mean you can’t get dehydrated. After all we still sweat, breathe, digest and urinate—and our bodies lose water in the process.
To keep our bodies hydrated all year round, Health Canada recommends making water our drink of choice, cold or hot.
Note, there’s no prescribed amount of water to drink, as everyone is different. The answer is to just check the colour of your urine. If it’s dark yellow, you need to up your water game!
4) SHELTER IN THE GYM
We’re the first to admit, gyms can be intimidating. But if the rain hits hard and the temperatures plummet, they can be a good alternative to your outdoor workouts.
A session on the treadmill or indoor bike might be all you need, but scheduled classes can provide more motivation and act as a regular relief from the elements. With everything from yoga and tai chi to kickboxing and spin classes to choose from, this could be a chance to try something new!
5) JUST KEEP SWIMMING
There’s nothing quite so pleasurable as swimming outdoors in the heat of summer. But when the fall hits, there’s no need to suddenly give up on your swimming. In fact, it might be time to broaden your swimming horizons.
One option is to head to an indoor pool, especially if you’re not an experienced swimmer. Alternatively, grab a wetsuit and simply keep swimming outdoors. Seek out open air pools, supervised swimming beaches and open water swim clubs.
6) JOIN FORCES WITH FRIENDS
There is strength in numbers, especially when it comes to exercising on those dreary fall days when you’d really rather be hibernating.
Agreeing to exercise with a friend, at home, at the gym or outdoors will help keep you both motivated and probably make your workout a more enjoyable experience. If your friends aren’t up for it, try meeting up with a local walking, running or boot camp group. Adding a social factor will help make your workouts a lot more enjoyable.
7) ENJOY THE FALL HARVEST
As we approach Thanksgiving, there are so many tasty fruits and vegetables in season, full of nutrients and health benefits all ripe for harvesting!
In Canada, we love our local cranberries, pumpkins, apples, blueberries, grapes, pears, plums, artichokes, broccoli, carrots, parsnips, new potatoes, spinach and beets. This delicious produce makes it easy to get plenty of fibre, vitamins, and minerals and can help lower our risk of heart disease. So go on, take a trip to the farmers market!
8) GET A WASABI BOOST
If you’d like to give your body an extra boost as you shift into fall, wasabi can help. The medicinal properties of this amazing plant have been used for thousands of years and have been proven to aid digestion, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Usually, these benefits are locked away in the wasabi plant, only released through chewing or grating, but at our family farm we are going one better. We use modern technology to dry and powder our real, organic wasabi, so it can be made into easily consumable capsules you can take on the go.
So whether you’re kicking up the golden fall leaves, basking in the autumn sunshine or taking a chilly outdoor swim, our wasabi capsules are always here to help.