Great news for all of you who feel like you’re not getting enough sleep! Apparently, in the fall you get more sleep. That’s according to Shape Magazine which references a Harvard study found that people get more sleep in October than any other month. And not just a little more, but 2.7 hours more! The bad news though (because there’s always a bad side), people tend to feel groggier during the day. But they believe that is due to the shorter days saying, “Thanks to shorter (and often rainier) days, your eyes aren’t exposed to as much bright sunlight as they enjoyed during the summer, the authors say.” See, you need to get outdoors and active while the sun is out. So here’s a few fun ideas for you just for the fall season.
You may be thinking, “It’s not Thanksgiving yet!” But you don’t have to wait for a holiday about thankfulness to be thankful. According to the Greater Good Science Center of the University of Berkeley, California, practicing gratitude (or thankfulness) consistently will help to bolster your immune system. So grab the whole family and take a stroll around your neighborhood. What are you thankful for? Maybe it’s your house, your neighbors or your child’s school? It’s a great way for you and your family to focus more on positive emotions.
Grab the friends, family and neighbors that you’re thankful for and head to your local park for a game of football. Pretend your team is the Broncos and play your best. A fun and friendly game is a great way to get some aerobic exercise.
If football is not your game, how about a game of Kickball? It’s a great way to burn anywhere from 300 to 600 calories in an hour, according to Families Managing Media. Plus, it’s just a great social activity!
Grab some chalk and head outside with the kids for a fun game of hopscotch. Don’t worry if it’s going to rain soon. That just gives you a chance to make a new one! You may think it’s a simple child’s game, but according to Moving Smart, “hopping on one foot is one of the most complex movements the human body can perform.” So it’s a great way for kids to work on coordination and balance, which is very important!
We hope you’ll take advantage of the cooling temperatures and get outside and have some fun. You’ll want to make the most of it before winter gets here and you’ll really have to motivate yourself to get outside.