Happy Fall, Y’All!

Here Comes the Fall!

Wow. I blinked and somehow we made it to the first Workout Wednesday of fall. It’s nearly impossible to believe at this time last year, I was in the midst of peak week leading up to my first NPC competition. I still can’t believe how unbelievably different the world is this year.

While the mercury will register just shy of 80 degrees here in New York today, the past few days certainly felt like autumn and I found myself searching for heavier sweaters and socks to ward off some chilly air. Yet the bright sunshine and crisp air that greeted me on my morning runs also fueled me with new hope that better days are ahead for all of us as we start a brand new season.

I thought I’d kick things off season three of 2020 by reminding everyone of the few health perks found in a top fall favorite: pumpkins! While I recommend practicing moderation when it comes to enjoying pumpkin beer, pumpkin pie or pumpkin lattes, there are plenty of nutritional perks packed inside fall’s signature squash when enjoyed in its natural form:

  • Post-Workout Power! Bananas seem to get all the credit as a top source of natural energy, but pumpkins actually provide more potassium. One cup of cooked pumpkin has 564 milligrams of potassium compared to a banana’s 422 milligrams. A little extra potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a workout and keeps those muscles firing.
  • Good for Your Baby Blues…and Browns, Greens and Hazels, too!:  One cup of mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. Also, pumpkin is chock full of carotenoids, a fancy name for the compounds that create its orange color. One of those compounds is beta carotene, which has been linked to eye protection.
  • Keep Your Appetite in Check! Poor little pumpkin is often overlooked as a great source of fiber. A one-cup serving packs three grams or protein at only 49 calories. Countless studies show a fiber-rich diet can help you stay full longer so you eat more sensibly throughout the day.

If you have any recipes featuring the all-powerful pumpkin, please feel free to share! Also, don’t be shy about asking questions or offering ideas for mixing up your workout routine. Whatever is on your fall menu or exercise agenda, here’s to all of us embracing the season ahead filled with new chances to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous! (Just stay safe out there!)

About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on September 23, 2020, in Fitness, Health, Nutrition and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Exercise routine every other day- in good weather bike ride the other days
    So far this week have done 38 Miles.
    In winter snow shoe 1-2x/ week and pre-COVID in the gym 1-2x/week. Do you think the every other day exercising and bike riding too much?

    • Hello Gloria! So nice of you to check in. Sounds like you have a great fall routine planned out. You’re doing great things, and unless your body starts telling you to back off, every other day sounds like a good plan to me. As long as you are getting a minimum of one rest day a week, it’s okay to load up on the days you are exercising. However, if you ever notice feeling extra fatigued or if the muscles are telling you to take two days between workouts, go ahead and listen to your body and take the rest. I know the times I have gotten into trouble with injuries is when I did NOT listen to my body and pushed too hard. Keep up the great work – and here’s to a good season ahead! Cheers, Laura

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