Bummed that summer is over? Going to miss all those extra hours of daylight? I know, I am too. But honestly, fall is my favorite season. I find the fresh, crisp air and scenery much more enjoyable to work out in, plus I love all the healthy pumpkin recipes! As the weather gets cooler, we tend to crave warm comfort foods and just want to curl up on the couch with comfy PJs and a big fluffy blanket (no, that’s now what I’m doing right now…). You can certainly do those things, but just remember that if you want to keep healthy, you still have to move your caboose and eat nutrient-dense foods. Here are a couple tips to help kick that slump to the curb!

1. To save some daylight, spread your workouts over the entire day. Before your morning shower, do 100 jumping jacks, 20 deep squats, and 10-15 pushups.  At lunchtime, walk laps around your office building (inside or outside) and take the stairs 2 steps at a time for a few flights. In the evening, play a game with the kids. Hide and seek, red rover, red light/green light, tag, etc.  And then add on some jump squats, burpees, and mountain climbers. Boom! Done.

2. Relish in all the pumpkin goodness. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love at least some type of pumpkin recipe, and there are tons of healthy ones! Pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin puddings, pumpkin coffees, pumpkin protein pancakes…the list never ends!  Check out some of our Skinny Mom favorites: Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Poke Cake, Skinny Pumpkin and Cream Bread, Skinny Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Skinny Cream Cheese Glazed Pumpkin Doughnuts, Skinny Pumpkin Pie and Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.

3. Be festive.  Enjoy all the fall activities in your area. Look for apple picking, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, wine festivals, pumpkin carving parties, etc. Participating and hanging with friends will satisfy your social needs and increase your dopamine! It’s also great fun for the kiddos!

4. Get a workout buddy. If you don’t already have one, now is certainly the time to get one and to keep each other accountable. With the upcoming holidays, it can be much more of a challenge to eat well, especially if you’re around family who isn’t quite on the same page with your health and fitness goals. With that said, do not deprive yourself!  Life is not about perfection, and treating yourself every once in a while adds spice to life. It’s much healthier to indulge sometimes than to stress about every ounce of food you consume.

5. Go outside.  Even though it’s a little chilly, still get out there. Wear layers so you can remove something if you get warm. Breathe fresh air and get some sun. Vitamin D is important for immunity, and with the upcoming flu season, be sure to get a load of it from the best source!

Do you have any tips that help you get through the Fall and ready for Winter?  Share them with us!