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14 Fall Activities To Do Alone

14 Fall Activities To Do Alone

What do you think of when you think of fall? I think of changing colours, cozy textures and longer hours stargazing. If you love fall, and love doing things alone, then here’s 14 ideas for you.

1. Walk under a confetti of leaves

Autumn leaves are ethereal and beautiful. When you notice the wind blowing slightly, why not wrap up warm and stroll down a tree-lined avenue? There isn’t a more mindful exercise I can think of as walking through a confetti of golden and red leaves, feeling them brush past your skin, whilst hearing your feet crunch down the carpet of fallen leaves.

2. Mull your own (fermented) juice

Fall is all about warm spicy drinks. Where ginger, cinnamon and star aniseed infuse into wine, cider or juice and dance on your tastebuds. Throw in some demarara sugar, orange and lemon peel into a pot on low heat and you’re all set. Or, you can always buy a pre-made mulled spice mix.

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3. Cozy-fy your house and your body

What are your favourite textures when it gets cold? Cotton, wool, angora or a custom blend? Do you start to think of chunky knits too? Why not break out your collection of sweaters and coats to adorn your body? Then, get those blankets and winter cushions out of storage. Assemble your favourite candles and lamps, and turn your home into a vision of what Fall Coziness looks like.

4. Make a pinecone bird feeder

If you love wildlife, then this is for you. Mix 0.5 cup of shortening or peanut butter with 2.5 cups of raw oats, chopped up dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Cover a pinecone with the mixture, then tie it to a string, before suspending it from a tree branch. There, you have an autumn-worthy bird feeder.

5. Set your goals for the end of the year

As the end of the year draws near, sometimes we have goals that we’ve yet to start on. If so, ask yourself what you’d like to have achieved as 2015 closes, and then take steps to work towards that. Feeling unmotivated or procrastinating too much? Perhaps this guide on creating momentum and slaying procrastination may be of use.

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6. Bike to the woods

The energy of the woods changes with the seasons. In autumn, everything feels like they are in a state of transition, as though they are preparing for hibernation. Why not bike through the woods, or stroll leisurely. Take in your surroundings and see what animals you can spot. Bonus: Pick the berries and apples that you spot, to make a hearty pie with.

7. Eat your way through everything pumpkin and squash

Farmers’ markets in the fall are full of everything pumpkin and squash. It feels as though there are endless recipes available for these versatile fruits. Pumpkin and almond waffles. Squash and bacon risotto. Mauritian pumpkin curry. Why not visit a few farmers’ markets and open your tastebuds to the infinite world of pumpkin and squash?

8. Explore a nearby town or village

Is there any place nearby you’ve been wanting to explore? Fall is as great as any time to do so. Make a list of things you want to do in this place, decide on how you’ll get there, and off you go. May you have a beautiful fall-scented adventure there.

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9. Go apple picking

Did you know that there are more than 7,500 apple species in the world? Like grapes, cocoa and coffee, the different apple species are favoured for their taste, acidity and uses. If you love cider or apple-rich desserts, then a visit to an apple farm may be in store.

10. Visit a castle in the afternoon

Castles are full of history and mystery. You can spend hours exploring it, dining in it or taking part in the activities organised by the owners. In fall, visiting a castle in the afternoon means that the sun would have set by the time you’re finished. If you have a vivid imagination, it’s like stepping out into another world, possibly making your visit even more memorable.

11. Stock up on your cold weather reading

Where do you get your books from? Kindle? Second-hand bookstores? Libraries? Independent shops? If you like to read, snuggling under a blanket in fall by the fire and getting immersed in your book can be one of the best experiences ever. Especially if it’s raining outside and you’d love to stay in, sipping your drink-of-choice whilst soft jazz plays in the background.

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12. Roast pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are extremely nutritious and high in energy. What’s more, they taste fantastic. For every pumpkin you cook, you’ll find hundreds of seeds. Why not roast them at 350F for 15 minutes, letting the beautiful aromas waft through your house. Great flavours include chilli oil, paprika and sea salt; fennel and garlic oil; and salted caramel and ginger.

13. Go on a Ghost Walk in your town

Think you know your town really well and are bored of it? Well, think again. It probably has a fascinating (dark) history that only those who dig deep enough will know. How do you learn about it whilst having fun? Ghost Walk tours may be your answer. Find one, wear good walking shoes, and prepare to be spooked.

14. Curate your fall scents

What smells remind you of fall? For me, it’s baked pies, hearty stews and spiced drinks, as I move away from the crisp-er summer scents. Can you translate any of these smells into perfumes and essential oils? If yes, why not assemble a Fall Scent Collection. Burn them in the form of incense, pour a few drops onto your candles, and mix some into your body lotion to live and breathe your signature fall smell.

Featured photo credit: Single Apple Hanging from Tree/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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