Fall is my favorite season and we as humans are just like the seasons. I look at fall as a time for personal harvest. September/October is kind of like the new year. It’s also just like heading back to school. Like the ebb & flow of nature's seasonal changes, fall is a time to reflect on our lives, a time to examine where we are with personal accomplishments (bucket list, anyone?).
Come October, I often ask myself what I need, what’s missing, or what needs to change. With all this change and incentive to push the restart button, it’s a great time to get back on the horse with your Lithe/fitness routine, and create good, healthy seasonal habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months.
Here are 8 ways to start making the most of the season. And who knows? This year, you might be your Lithest before the holidays roll around.
1. Earlier to bed, later to rise.
There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you add thirty minutes to your usual wake-up time and crash thirty minutes earlier each evening, the extra hour of rest will go a long way in helping you adjust to shorter, darker days and the drastic decrease in temps here in the Northeast.
2. Nutrients in, garbage out.
Break a sweat everyday, cut out processed food, drink those Greenies, bust out the Neti Pot, utilize aromatherapy and oils, brush your skin and drink more water.
3. Fall back a bit (but not a ton).
We take care of matching your Lithe schedules to the season (I’m currently creating two amazing new Fall Lithe workouts), but it’s your job to slightly reduce the intensity, length or frequency of your schedule. If you’ve been Lithing 2 times a day AND running, or if you’ve been in the studio 7 days a week, give your muscles an extra day of rest this season.
4. Breathe, sweat, shake & wrap it up!
The Lithe breath is the foundation of your practice. It not only works the core, but it releases excess toxins. Looking for other ways to release toxins? Wrap it up and sweat it out by taking our Wrap Star workouts: Hot Legs, Cinch & Peeled!
5. Enjoy (and winterize) your diet
Eat foods that are local and in season. Enjoy your local farmers market, cook more, grab lean local and seasonal Lithe Foods, and go apple, pear and pumpkin picking with friends and family. Try: arugula, artichoke, broccoli, endive, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, chicory, cranberries, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, okra, pears, peppers, grapes, pomegranates, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, squash and zucchini.
7. Build your practice
Fall is the perfect time to build (or re-build) the foundation of your Lithe practice. Did you fall off the wagon this summer? Are you feeling less than motivated? Sign up for our Fall Lithe Transformation Challenge (or do your own personal 9 day), focus on healthy eating, get back into the Lithe habit and see serious results. Can't do the challenge or a 9 Day? Sign up for 3 classes a week, 3 weeks in advance, and try not to cancel under any circumstance.
8. Give thanks.
We have to keep in mind that very little is accomplished by ourselves. Be grateful for all of the people who support, guide and challenge us. Always remember that the grass isn’t always greener, and that there are people in the world that would give anything to be in your shoes, right now!
Image of Lauren via Jordan