Instead of mourning the official end to summer, let’s embrace everything awesome autumn has to offer! Here are 10 of our favourite health and fitnessy things we love about the golden season: test
  1. New season healthy produce
Bountiful beets, pumpkin, carrots, corn, potatoes, zucchinis and eggplants bring the colour of the season to our table and a greater range of vitamins and nutrients to our diet. Autumn is the perfect season to roast your favourite veggies to bring out their sweetness and pack your diet full of healthy produce.  
  1. Hot chocolate
While we’re on the topic of food, we love that colder days mean warmer beverages… and the chance to indulge in a cup of hot cocoa! According to a study conducted at Cornell University, the antioxidant concentration in hot cocoa is almost twice as strong as red wine. Cocoa’s concentration of health boosting antioxidants was two to three times stronger than that of green tea and four to five times stronger than that of black tea. Just keep an eye on the amount of sugar in your cuppa.  
  1. Crunchy leaves
Nothing inspires a bit of healthy jumping like a pile of freshly raked leaves! Release the child inside and engage in a little leaf jumping to give your bones some love. The more stress we place on our bones through running and jumping movements, the more they need to rebuild themselves and the denser they become. Bone density peaks between 25 and 30, and decreases 1 to 2 per cent each year thereafter. So show your bones some love by jumping up and down in those autumn leaves!  
  1. Morning foggy walks
There’s something quite magical about getting up while the day is breaking and watching the sun’s rays break through the morning’s fog. It brings a whole new level of enchantment to your morning power walk or run – another reason to face that 6am alarm clock.  
  1. Fitness tights
Skin’s fans rejoice, it’s time to get those full length black compression tights out again! Compression tights walk the line between fashion and fitness, and make legs look oh-so-wonderfully toned, all while making that recovery from Body Pump that much easier: a University of Connecticut study found that wearing full body compression garments after exercise helped weightlifters reduce their fatigue and muscle soreness.  
  1. Hot spas
Another great way to get some much needed muscle recovery is by soaking in a long, hot spa. Summer’s extreme weather makes the idea of jumping into a hot spa quite unappealing. But once the weather has cooled down, make a time to soak in a hot pool of bubbles to give your muscles a therapeutic dose of heat. And if you don’t have access to a spa, a bubble bath is a great substitute!  
  1. Morning sunlight
Having to bid farewell to those extra evening sunlight hours when daylight saving ends isn’t our favourite thing to do, but making the most of the morning hours can do our health a wealth of good. Studies show that night owls eat more kilojoules in the evening, more fast food, fewer fruits and vegetables and weigh more than people who go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. So ditch late nights for early autumn mornings to embrace a healthier version of you.  
  1. Easter
Who doesn’t love a visit from the Easter Bunny? Chocolate has been shown to have myriad health benefits, including lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and keeping your cholesterol levels in check. Just make sure you don’t overindulge. See our tips for enjoying Easter without gaining unwanted kilograms here.  
  1. Less hair removal
After months of shaving and waxing our legs, it’s nice to have a little break from regular hair removal – it’s just one of those things we take for granted in the cooler months.Hair removal can be fraught with health dangers, so enjoy the chance to give your body a recovery from the ingrown hairs, red skin and irritation.  
  1. Our 12 Week ‘Get Foxy’ Challenge
Kicking off in March of each year, Fernwood’s famous 12 Week Challenge, sees thousands of women transform their minds and bodies to achieve life-changing results. It’s our absolute favourite fitness challenge here at Fernwood and there’s still time to get involved! Register your interest with your club here.