As sad as it may seem your summer is now just a sight in the rearview mirror. The relaxation that summer brings is behind you and schedules, though hectic, seem to resume. Getting back on track is ideal during the fall season. Many people experience that nostalgic feeling that the first day of school brings and it feels like a new year. Stop and try to remember what your New Year resolution was. If you have given up on it, now is a perfect time to try it again. New beginnings can happen at any time during the year.
The heat of summer is always a good excuse to not get out and be active. However, the fall has limited excuses. The weather is cool and crisp, at times even warm. It is also a fairly dry season. It is a perfect time to restart your exercise routine. The fall offers up cooler weather that is perfect for outdoor activities. It also provides many opportunities to be active without feeling like you’re working out. Some of the best activities with friends and family are apple and pumpkin picking. It provides a few hours worth of getting out, walking around, and sometimes even using your upper body strength to climb trees. Don’t be mistaken these activities are both enjoyable to those old and young. Another reason why fall is a great season is because we are lucky enough to live in one of the best scenic areas for fall foliage. Spending a day by Bear Mountain, walking across the Walkway over the Hudson or simply enjoying a hike around your town will surely be picturesque.
For some, schedules start to get more hectic during the fall with practice for the kids or getting back to work. Don’t let the craziness of activities starting again ruin your meal plan. One of the most successful ways to lose weight, keep it off and stay satisfied is to eat on a schedule that works for you. The best time to eat your breakfast is within the hour that you awake, depending on medication limits, then eating roughly every 4 hours from that point on. A common mistake that people make is to go too long without eating, due to being busy, and then find themselves overeating. Try your best to stick with a strict meal schedule and you will see the difference.
Getting out and enjoying the fall weather is sure to bring your stress levels down. With chaotic schedules picking back up, it’s important to have times where you can breathe a little easier. So put the chiminea on and relax. The warmth of summer is gone and in a few short months the dead of winter will be keeping you trapped inside. Therefore, be prepared to go outside, set up a meal schedule for yourself and enjoy a crisp, cool day.