Fall can be quite a whirlwind of activity, with kids heading back to school, workplaces ramping up for the end of the year, and the holiday season just over the horizon. But even with all this hustle and bustle, it’s crucial not to neglect your self-care habits, specifically exercise.
Aerobic and anaerobic exercise can serve as an effective stress-reliever, enhance your productivity, and fortify your immunity, which are crucial during this busy season. However, if your packed schedule has left you little time for sessions with your personal trainer, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Elaine Moen, offers five practical ayurvedic solutions that keep you on your toes and follow the season’s rhythms.
1. Dance While Cooking
As you learn to balance culinary responsibilities that may arise after a demanding workday or in anticipation of social engagements, consider optimizing your time in the kitchen. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through your phone as your sauce simmers, why not inject into the process? Elevate your cooking or baking routine by incorporating a dash of aerobic exercise into it. Tune in to your favorite music and dance to the rhythm of it.
Bear in mind that every bit of movement contributes to your overall well-being, no matter how small. As Moen remarks, “I love music and cooking, so it’s always way more enjoyable to bring the two together. I find myself dancing around the kitchen or with my 6-month-old daughter while food is in the oven or on the stove.”
2. Hike Amongst the Foliage
In search of autumnal self-care habits to incorporate into your routine? Instead of opting for the treadmill, consider venturing outdoors for a refreshing hike amidst the vibrant foliage. Many people find that short, leisurely hikes during the early morning or evening hours can work with even the busiest of schedules.
Embrace the multitude of health advantages that nature offers you while inching closer to your daily step target. Walking is an exceptional aerobic exercise, and if you’re following Ayurvedic practices, it’s healthier than running in the colder months due to the wind.
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3. Practice Yin Yoga
Yin yoga, an unhurried and gentle yoga variant, offers exceptional accessibility and stress relief, rendering it an ideal addition to your autumn fitness regimen. Its meditative and grounding nature aligns seamlessly with the fall season.
According to Moen, “Yin Yoga is one of my favorite grounding practices during the fall and winter months. As someone who follows an Ayurvedic lifestyle, I can find stillness during the transition from hot summer months to dry and cool fall months.”
You can conveniently practice Yin yoga from the comfort of your home, courtesy of online resources such as YouTube videos and yoga apps. However, exploring local classes can also be a worthwhile endeavor. You may also consider building a habit of doing a few gentle yoga postures before bed to prime your mind for a restful night’s sleep.
4. Do Fall Yard Work
While you can easily hire someone to do your yard work or assign it as a chore to your kids, consider rolling up your sleeves and embracing it as part of your daily workout routine.
Raking leaves and tending to your garden both provide you with opportunities to stay physically active while achieving tangible productivity. Furthermore, you’ll get the same benefits of fresh air and sunlight that you might get when hiking. If you don’t have a yard, consider getting involved with a local community garden for similar benefits.
5. Go Apple Picking
Looking for a fall activity that you can do with the whole family? Consider visiting a local orchard for some apple picking. Instead of rushing through the experience, take a stroll around the orchard. This allows you to get steps in while enjoying the autumn scenery. Pay attention to your body’s movements as you bend, stretch, and twist while picking apples.
To stay active, look for an orchard with additional attractions such as pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and sunflower fields.
The Bottom Line
While fall is one of the busiest seasons in both our professional and personal lives, it’s essential that we maintain our fitness and well-being. Neglecting these aspects of our health may lead to heightened stress levels and a compromised immune system, impacting our overall productivity.