5 Ways to Stay Happy and Healthy This Fall

With the fall season rolling in quickly, I’m sure many of us are getting ready for autumn with the coziness of fuzzy sweaters, crackling campfires, and yes, the ever-popular pumpkin spice lattes.

But fall can also be a dangerously easy time to fall back into our bad habits of snacking on junk food and bunkering in for an evening of Netflix and hot chocolate.

We all need those relaxing nights, and that’s one of the great things about fall. But, we at Cool Cane Inc. are huge advocates for remaining happy and healthy by eating right and staying active.

So here are 5 simple ways to stay healthy this fall:

1.     Make Goals to Start Before the New Year

We’ve all heard of making our New Years resolutions and creating goals at the start of every New Year, but according to statisticbrain.com, only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their New Years resolutions.

Let’s create a 100% success rate by starting our yearly goals at a different milestone during the year. What’s a better time than a change of seasons? That way, when the New Year comes around, you can look back and see how much you’ve already completed. You’ll feel so proud of yourself for everything that you’ve accomplished thus far and will be motivated to continue on with your goals.

2.     Be Sure to Stay Hydrated

Yes, we should always stay hydrated no matter what time of year it is, but it’s especially important to remember to keep drinking water even after the hot summer sun moves into colder weather. You may want to reach for a steaming cup of coffee or tea, but water should always be number one. Coffee is good too of course, but in moderation.

3.     Eat Fall Superfoods

Foods like apples have lots of incredible health benefits like being super good for your teeth, helping your body to protect against diseases and cancers, and even reducing your risk for diabetes. Brussels sprouts are another excellent fall super food that go perfectly in side dishes like roast vegetables. 100% pure sugarcane juice can also help you stay hydrated and allow you to benefit from the nutrients and alkaline nature that’s found in the natural plant.

4.     Keep an Active Routine

Finding ways to stay active in the fall is one of the keys to living a healthy life for the rest of the year. Get a workout from fall activities like cycling in the crisp air, jogging on a brisk morning, or even raking up leaves and branches.

Pro tip:For a less conventional approach at maintaining your health this fall, try becoming an avid TV watcher – yes, that’s right. Watch more TV. As long as you do one thing: incorporate physical activity in to your TV time. You can work on your arms with dumbbells during the show, and practice your squats and sit-ups during commercial breaks.

5.     Find and Maintain Your Daily Routine

I’m sure most of us participate in anunstructured daily routine – one that comes naturally to us. This fall, try to create a routine for yourself that will help you accomplish your goals. Try getting to bed at a certain time each night and making your lunches the night before work. Experimentwith yoga practices and relaxing activities like painting and drawing. Routines can help you build momentum in your life and spring you into positivity.

If you live in an area with gloomy, rainy weather, sometimes the change in climate and temperature can challenge your mood. With our 5 simple tips, we guarantee you’ll feel like a better you this holiday season.

Spread this advice on to your friends and let us know what your favourite fall activities are!

Morning Yoga Poses to Wake You Up

As you read a few posts back, yoga can be a great way to calm down and relax after a busy day. Yoga can also be incredibly invigorating and energizing when performed first thing in the morning. These poses will provide the same peaceful benefits as the nighttime ones listed in the previous post, but they have the added benefit of making you feel alert and energized instead of restful and sleepy. You will probably even break a sweat!

Backbends are powerful energizers. Yogic philosophy emphasizes that the reason you feel energetic after these poses is because back bends release built-up energetic tension in the spine.  Your heartbeat will speed up, and you will feel bursts of energy expressed throughout your body. The poses discussed in this post will include two deep backbends.

These series of poses are called Sun Salutations. They are a great way to greet the day and get blood flowing through your body. If you perform many of them consecutively, they make for a good workout and act as a moving meditation. Finish these poses off with a Cool Cane juice to get some glucose back into your system while it works together with the yoga poses to give you an energized morning!

Begin in Mountain Pose. Stand with feet about hip-width apart and have your arms down at your sides with palms facing forward. Hold your chin slightly up and shoulders back. Breathe in deeply a few times and feel your chest expanding with each breath.

On your next inhale; reach your arms up over your head as far as you can reach into Upward Salute. When arms are fully expressed upwards, bring your hands together in prayer position if you so choose. Remember to roll your shoulders down so they are not up over your ears.

As you exhale, take a Standing Forward Bend by contracting your belly in and begin bending at the hips while keeping your back straight. Keep your spine lengthened as you reach your body forward and bring your arms down towards the ground to touch your toes. Relax here for a moment and release any tension in your neck by letting your head hang loose.

When you inhale, keep your back straight and lift up slightly bringing your hands to your shins (Half-Standing Forward Bend). Keep your neck parallel to your back to make sure your spine is aligned.

On your next exhale, bring your hands down flat on the ground and hop your feet back so that you arrive in Plank Position. Your hands should be shoulder-distance apart and your feet should be about hip distance apart. Take one full cycle of breath as you lengthen your body and make any adjustments needed.

Exhale and bring your body down towards the floor as you lower down using your arms to keep your pace steady. You do not want to collapse onto the floor. You can bring your knees to the ground as you lower.

Once you’ve reached the ground, put the top parts of your feet down toward the floor and point your toes. Keep your legs anchored on the ground as you inhale and lift your head and chest up off the ground, reaching up towards the sky. Keep your palms on the ground with elbows bent but try not to put pressure on them to support yourself as you lift. Reach up towards the sky using your chest and core muscles. Even look up with your eyes! This will set the intention of where you want to take your body. Pull your shoulders back.

When you’re ready, exhale and bring your head down as you prepare to lift up with your arms. As you push up, roll over your toes as you lift your hips up into Downward-Facing Dog. Your hands will stay on the ground but your hips will be high up in the air with your knees slightly bent. This pose will nicely stretch out your lower back. Remember to keep you neck straight inline with your spine. Take a couple breaths here as you reach your heels towards the floor and feel this stretch in your hamstrings.

When you’re ready, bend your knees and hop your feet forward towards your hands. You will find yourself in a forward fold. Inhale to lift up halfway back into Half-Standing Forward Bend.  Keep your back flat as you lift your hands to your shins. Then exhale fully back into the Standing Forward Bend with your hands on the ground and head hanging loose. Surrender into this last forward fold, releasing any tension.

Inhale, reaching your arms out wide to the sides as you lift up from your hips with a flat back. As you reach standing position, bring your arms up over your head and feel energy rush through as you reach up towards the sky as far as you can.

Exhale and bring your hands back down to your sides as you return to Mountain Pose. Stay here for a couple breaths while you let the poses have time to settle in your body. You may continue this series for as long as you like.

After you perform these poses repeatedly and sweat out toxins, make sure to replenish your fluids with a healthy drink like Cool Cane Juice.