Don’t we all love fall? There’s the crisp, fresh air, the excitement of new beginnings, the pumpkin everything, life falling back into a schedule, you get the idea. But aside from the gorgeous leaves and pumpkin lattes, there’s a whole separate reason to love the season: It’s a perfect time to get your butt in gear and start moving on your weight-loss goals. Here are six great reasons to lose weight now.
1. Cooler Weather is Great for Exercising
Seriously, could there be a more perfect time to go for a run or long walk outside? You don’t have to bundle up in your Polar gear just yet, and you also don’t have to worry about drowning in a pool of sweat. In other words, fall weather has the perfect outdoor exercise temperatures. Plus, if the leaves change colors where you are, nature walking, hiking or raking leaves are great ways to take in the fall foliage and be active. Yes, you will burn calories!
2. Amazing Fall Produce
Take a minute to think about all the roasted veggie recipes you can create. There are so many, and they’re all so good. Fall fruits and vegetables are at their peak right now, so it’s a great time to rekindle your love for them. Try adding fresh apples to a fall salad, or pumpkin to smoothies. Squash, sweet potatoes, and turnips work are at their best in hearty soups and stews. Here’s a recipe to get you started. Here’s a recipe to get you started.
3. It is Slow Cooker Season
Time to pull out one of the most underrated cooking appliances around: These things are amazing. When it comes to easy, affordable, and healthy meals, you can’t beat slow cookers. Take advantage of the flood of slow cooker recipes on social media sites like Pinterest. Making one or two slow cooker dishes a week will provide you some healthy dinners and lunch leftovers. It will guarantee that your home smells phenomenal when you get there after a long day.
4.It’s Easier to Get Into a Routine
Summer isn’t exactly a structured time. With beach vacations, long weekends, loads of backyard cookouts, and weddings galore, it’s hard to stick to a specific workout or exercise plan. But fall is a whole different story. Now that summer vacation is over, your weekly routine has more structure. Routines are key when it comes to forming long-lasting healthy habits, like making time for meal planning and physical activity. And, if you have kids, they are back in school. Woo hoo, a little time for you!
5. No Crowds at the Gym
Not an outdoor runner? No worries—the gym is your friend. So many people are exercising outside that the gym is much less crowded. That means you can get in and out in no time and not have to fight for space in group exercise classes. It is an excellent opportunity to meet new workout friends and become friendly with the staff, both of which will help you stay motivated to become a regular.
6. Prepare for Inevitable Holiday Pounds
Call it a pre-emptive strike: Unless you are inhuman, you will likely end up eating your fair share of sugary seasonal treats, can we hear it for Christmas Cookies! Knowing this, you can get extra-fit in the fall so that by the time winter rolls around you’ll be in the habit of working out and eating well. You will be better able to handle the temptation of all those holiday celebrations, and cookies. Imagine starting the New Year without all those extra holiday pounds. Now that is a Happy New Year!
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