Are you a goal setter? I am, and I tend to get ’em done when I write my goals down. Instead of doing a New Year’s resolution list, I’ve been setting seasonal goals with an emphasis on my overall wellbeing, hence the “10 Healthy Things I’m Doing this Autumn.”
Because I made my Healthy Summer Bucket List using SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely), I did pretty well, so here goes for fall! I hope to inspire you to make your own list of healthy autumn activities.
1. Hike among the fall colors.
Here in Colorado, we’ll be seeing peak fall colors over the next few weeks. I’m going to get up to Rocky Mountain National Park and hike among the aspen trees at least once. We’re fortunate to live just an hour away from RMNP.
Hiking last weekend up near Copper Mountain, CO.
2. Run a 5K.
The cooler months are a perfect time to get out to walk or run a 5 or 10K. I don’t love to run, but I have been running a little when I’m in Scottsdale, so I figure a 5K is a reasonable goal.
3. Prep my home for cold weather.
Because we’re inside so much during the colder months, I want to get our windows, carpet, and vents cleaned, have the furnace serviced, and declutter so we can enjoy a cleaner interior this winter. No fun, but necessary, and will be good for us.
4. Try new soup recipes.
I’m still eating gluten-free and mostly vegan meals, so I need to get some new soup recipes. These two are on my list to make: root vegetable dal and vegan clam chowder. This cauliflower polenta from True Foods isn’t a soup, but it’s also on my list. It’s SO delicious!
Vegan clam chowder from VeganHuggs.com
5. Take indoor activities outside.
I want to eat meals, read, and do computer work outside as often as possible. In fact, I wrote this blog post outside on my deck. Did you know that fresh air can boost your immune system, energize you, increase happiness, and lower stress? This article from Huff Post gives more details.
6. Plan a winter getaway.
January and February. Too cold. Need warm weather! Any suggestions?
7. Read more books.
On my summer list, I aimed to read five books and actually finished seven! I’m adding five more to my autumn list.
These are the books I read over summer, and I enjoyed them all: Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See; The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brené Brown; The Friend Zone, by Abby Jimenez; Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life, by Steve Martin; Night, by Elie Wiesel; Ask Again,Yes, by Mary Beth Keane; A Stranger on the Beach, by Michele Campbell; and I’m currently reading Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee.
8. Prioritize gratitude.
As Brené Brown says, “Practicing gratitude invites joy into our lives.” I want to intentionally focus on the positives in my life and exercise an attitude of gratitude.
9. Start doing hot yoga again.
I did Bikram yoga for several years, mainly in the cooler months, but when my favorite studio closed two years ago, I stopped altogether. I want to reincorporate this hot yoga practice back into my routine as the weather starts to cool down.
10. Try different seasonal vegetables.
I tend to eat the same things over and over. This autumn, I want to try seasonal vegetables that are new to me, that I haven’t eaten much, or that I’ve been timid to try, like kohlrabi, chard, leeks, and cauliflower, among others. Do you have any I should try?
If you have more ideas for a healthy autumn, please share them in the comments or email me. As always, thank you for reading.
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