Sure summer is awesome with its long days, fun in the sun, but it sure is H-O-T. So when that first front comes through Houston and the coals go a bit cooler, we welcome fall with a great big , “Heck ya!”
Fall is summer’s cooler, funner (should be a word!) sister with its lineup of festive holidays, crisp days, and color changes, so let’s celebrate with some fun and fabulous ways to make the most of it!
FALL IS FUN
Now that our 7-month sauna experience is over, we need to take our workouts outside and get some real air! One of our patients said that she was out running the other morning and saw her first “orange tinted” leaf of fall. We Houstonians don’t get to experience a New England style change of seasons so this small experience with “the one orange leaf” is a big deal!
The other fun change you can make to your fall workout routine is to change up your equipment and switch out your workout buddy with this hunk of orange fabulousness.
We’ve compiled a pumpkin mash-up workout, featuring our favorite exercises that usually require hand weights or a medicine ball. But before you get started, get in the mood with some spooky tunes.
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FALL IS FABULOUS
A change of season means a change of workout gear, right? Here are fab links to places we love to shop to look good, with it and pro when we work out!
sweaty betty — cool London-based brand that launched in the States a couple of years ago — yay!
SplitsFiftyNine — LA-based brand that makes working out look and feel soooo good. Not your average workout gear, ma’am.
Lululemon Athletica — the go-to brand for so many of us, we can’t stop coveting and hoarding all of it!
Academy Sports & Outdoor — If you’re a mom or dad and you have kids who play sports — you spend a lot of time and money at Academy. Luckily not all of it has to be baseball pants and soccer cleats.
Target — there are pages and pages of reasons why to love Target. One of them being that they have a stellar collection of athletic wear from Champion for both men and women.
FALL IS FESTIVE
Festive Drink –Pumpkin Spice Latte
Nothing smells or tastes like fall than a creamy, delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte. Save some calories and some money by making this healthy version at home.
1 cup hot coffee
2 tbsp canned pumpkin
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, heat – if desired
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Sweetener to taste (optional–calories not included)
Whisk together 1/3 cup coffee and remaining ingredients in a tall heat-resistant glass or mix in a blender.
Carefully pour the pumpkin mixture into the remaining coffee and serve immediately.
Serving Size: 1
Festive Eats — HEALTHY SPICED PUMPKIN GRANOLA YOGURT PARFAIT from the Cookin’ Canuck
We headed north – to the Great White North – for a most fall-ish of healthy pumpkin-ness
BONUS ROUND — more ways to be fun, fabulous and festive this fall
Touch football – goes perfectly with Thanksgiving dinners
Bike ride — practice that yoga breathing with some deep, cleansing breaths as you roll along.
Hanging around the fire pit – burn calories by helping to gather firewood and stoke the fire!
College football game — hopefully it’s exciting enough you’ll be up and down a lot!
Raking & bagging leaves — good, clean (the yard) family fun
Pumpkin spiced latte recipe – courtesy of PHITNPHAT via Spark Recipes.com