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Healthy & Fun Fall Bucket List to Enjoy This Season

By Heidi Baldwin, MS, Health Coach

Fall is your last chance to get out there and really enjoy the outdoors before the snow makes it more challenging. When the breeze turns cooler, we're often scrambling to get outside and enjoy the colorful autumn season before we retreat indoors for winter. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great things to do outdoors in the winter, but let’s face it, you’re more apt to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine when you don’t have to bundle up in all your winter gear!

I want to share a Fall Fun Bucket List for you to print off and use over the next month or two before the cold settles in. This is a great time of year to visit local farm stands, pumpkin farms, cider mills, corn mazes, etc. It’s a great opportunity to really support small, family run, local businesses. Visit the state and local parks you’ve been hoping to enjoy to complete some of the things on your fall bucket list!

  • Visit a pumpkin patch and take one home (and roast your pumpkin seeds)

  • Pick some apples (and turn them into a healthy baked apple dessert)

  • Make some healthy chili in your slow cooker (and come home to dinner already done)

  • Take photos of the fall foliage (turn them into canvas prints for gifts for loved ones)

  • Shop at your local farmer's market (and pick seasonal fall veggies to cook in your kitchen)

  • Use your fire pit or build a bonfire (gather around it with loved ones)

  • Go hiking (the autumn surroundings are different even on your favorite trails)

  • Update your skincare routine to be more autumn-friendly (heavier formulas will lock in hydration even as the wind gets chillier)

  • Organize your sweaters and cold weather clothes (donate anything that doesn't fit, or you have had lodged in your closet for years)

  • Make s'mores using dark chocolate (and use a banana instead of graham crackers for a low-carb option)

  • Get a good book (and read it outside)

  • Make yourself a healthy warm fall beverage (perfect for better immunity). Hot fresh apple cider, spiced chai, or golden milk are great ideas.

  • Have an autumn-themed movie night

  • Make popcorn and season with olive oil and dill for a healthy snack

  • Make your coffee by sprinkling ground cinnamon on top

  • Create dried flower bouquets for autumn

  • Look for volunteering opportunities near you – things are different right now, but most places still have ways you can help make your community a better place!

  • Use cozy essential oils to set the mood (cinnamon and clove are always a great choice, and I have them available here at IM of CNY!)

  • Go for at least one bike ride before the snow covers the trails

  • Start a journal (and make it about gratitude)

Take this bucket list for healthy fall fun and see how many things you can do before that first snow falls!

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