The Natural Path – Transitioning Into Fall

by Dr. Marita Schauch, ND, Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre – 

As the vibrant colours of summer start to fade and the crisp breeze of autumn fills the air, it’s time to adapt our exercise and lifestyle routines to embrace the changing season. Transitioning into fall can be a smooth and enjoyable process, allowing us to stay active, maintain our well-being and make the most of this beautiful time of year. In this guide, we’ll explore how to adjust your exercise routines, daily habits and overall lifestyle to stay healthy and happy during the fall season.

Outdoor Activities
Fall offers a stunning backdrop for outdoor activities, plus it’s cooler out so you’re not beat by the heat. Here are some ways to enjoy the season.

  • Hiking. Explore nearby trails to witness the breathtaking fall foliage. The cooler temperatures make hiking more comfortable, and you can enjoy the vibrant colours of nature.
  • Biking. Ride your bicycle along scenic routes to enjoy the crisp fall air. It’s a low-impact exercise that lets you explore your surroundings and the Greater Victoria area has fantastic trail systems!

Indoor Exercises
When the weather becomes too chilly or rainy, indoor workouts can keep you active and warm.

  • Home Workouts. Consider setting up a home gym or using fitness apps for guided workouts. A spin class or exercise/Zumba class at your local rec centre can also be a great option to keep your body moving.
  • Yoga and Pilates. Both of these practices promote flexibility, strength and relaxation. You can follow in-person or online classes to practise at home.
  • Swimming. If you have access to an indoor pool, swimming is an excellent full-body workout that’s easy on the joints. Bonus if your local rec centre also has a sauna or hot tub to enjoy some heat!

Healthy Sleep Habits
The dropping daylight hours as we come into fall and winter can sometimes disrupt sleep patterns. Here’s how to ensure you get quality rest.

  • Consistent Schedule. Stick to a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends. Going to bed and waking up at the same time helps regulate your body’s internal clock.
  • Limit Screen Time. The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with your sleep. Avoid electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime.

Stress Management
Fall can bring its own set of stresses, such as increased work or school demands. Manage stress effectively.

  • Mindfulness and Meditation. Practise mindfulness and meditation to calm your mind. Even just a few minutes of deep breathing can make a big difference, or walking meditations in nature help to unwind.
  • Social Connections. Stay connected with loved ones. Whether it’s a cozy gathering or a virtual chat, spending time with friends and family can be a great stress reliever.

Transitioning into fall is an opportunity to revitalize our routines and make positive adjustments to our lifestyle. Embrace autumn with open arms, and you’ll find that it can be a time of renewal and well-being.

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