Each spring, millions of young women find themselves scrambling to follow a strict weight loss plan so that they can show off their bikini bodies in the summer. Then, when the swimsuits are tucked away, they fall back into poor habits.
Instead of letting your body deteriorate over the next six months, keep yourself in shape with these healthy tips.
- Eat a healthy diet that emphasizes seasonal foods: Nutritionists agree that the foundation of a healthy diet is eating a high amount of nutrient-packed fruits and veggies. Fall is a great time for tree fruits such as apples and pears, and stone fruits, including peaches, plums, nectarines, and cherries. Dates are also a good fall food you can add to salads, breads, and other baked goods. Pomegranates are high in healthy antioxidants. Other fall staples include pumpkins, squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes, which are rich in beta carotene. Other root vegetables such as potatoes, onions, shallots, and garlic ripen this time of year as well.
- Engage in regular physical activity: Just because the summer is over doesn't mean you should give up your exercise routine! Regular exercise not only keeps you lean and strong, but it helps you prevent health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers. Make sure you're still participating in at least one hour of moderate exercise three to five times a week.
- Play fall sports: Fall is the time of year when many sports are just gearing up for the season. Get a group of friends together or join a recreational league and participate in a little soccer, football, or field hockey. Not into contact sports? Try track and field. Read: Exercise Myths.
- Get some fresh air: Treat yourself to a nice long hike and enjoy the outdoors. Make it special by taking a group of friends or a loved one along, or even the family dog.