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5 Ways to Stay in Shape this Fall

With summer coming to an end and the school year in full swing, it can get kind of overwhelming managing daily life. While some people may look for hobbies during the fall like painting, picking pumpkins, or going on hayrides, I know I can speak for many people when saying that once fall rolls around it’s time to focus on the food. Thanksgiving dinner, desserts, and apple cider are all great things, but with the influx of food coming our way, we shouldn’t let up on our health. Of course, there is nothing wrong with enjoying fall foods and relaxing, but your health is a lot more important than a slice of pie. Here are five ways to stay active this fall while also getting your grub on.

 

  1. Invest in a planner for your workout routine

Being in college can be stressful enough, but finding time to workout can be even more strenuous. That’s why it’s good to have a separate planner meant for all things you. It can be for your workout routine, days where you take a break, or times in the day meant for self-care. Regardless of how you use your “you” planner, make sure to switch things up from time to time. If you consistently go to the gym every week, try going for a run or swimming instead.

  1. Find a workout buddy

Another great way to get active this fall is to form a workout group with your friends. Exercising on your own can be lonely, so having a group of people with you will not only keep you entertained but also help you to go above and beyond as your friends will be there to encourage you along the way. Find times in the week that works best for all of you and be on the lookout for exercises or activities that you all can do together.

  1. Look for healthier alternatives to your favorite foods

Since the air is getting colder and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving, it’s obvious that some of our favorite holiday foods are going to be in stores soon. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying food, but there is a way to make indulging in fall foods a win-win. Try foods that are less processed and sustainable, by eating foods with fewer chemicals and preservatives you’re not just helping your body you’re helping the planet. Also, you can try vegetarian and vegan options that taste just as good as the foods we enjoy every day.

  1. Make sure you get enough rest

Last but not least is making sure that you get enough rest. For college students fall is a signal that midterms are on the way and finals are around the corner. With changes in time and an increase in schoolwork and activities, it can be challenging getting a good amount of sleep. Sleep is essential to becoming a healthier version of yourself because it gives your body time to recover. When looking to get more sleep try to avoid taking naps or take shorter naps. Naps can throw off your sleep schedule making it hard to fall asleep at night. Also, try downloading calming apps that will help you relax before bed.

Simone Nixon is a junior biology major, chemistry minor from Maryland. She enjoys telling the stories of the world around her and hearing the stories of others. She plans to pursue a career in the dental field.
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