Thursday, October 15, 2020

Fall Color Exercise Tips to Burn Calories, Get Fit, and Improve Health


Fall Color Tips for Wellness

Chromotherapy is a centuries-old method of healing that uses the visible light spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure disease. Color vibrations support body and mind, strengthen natural immunity, improves outlook, and can help you get back on a healthful track.

Post updated 09/14/2022

To learn more about the history of color healing read "A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution" at the National Institute of Health Website.

To translate this concept into modern terms, explore easy, economical, fun ways fall colors can help you burn calories, get fit, and increase health below.

Fall Color Exercise Tips 

to Burn Calories, Get Fit, and 

Increase Health

1. Think of fall  foliage colors and envision rusty maroon, mustard, camel, sage, burnt orange, golden yellow, amber, smoky gray, and dusty brown hues. 

Use your imagination to see yourself frolicking through color-packed autumn leaves. If you prefer, imagine taking in the glory of a river birch, aspen, oak, or maple decked out in colorful autumn leaves. 

Whatever you choose, bring that color energy along with you as you get outdoors for a brisk, invigorating walk.

Here are my best Low Cost Colorful Ways to Create an Exercise Habit.

2. Visualize earth tones including deep brown, olive green, burgundy, copper, and other colors from the natural world (clouds, soil, vegetation, minerals, and living things) to ground, center, and calm yourself.

Earth tones are usually perceived as being friendly, inviting contemporary, and warm. They combine tones of browns and tans. They also can include richer colors containing some brown ( ex. coffee, red, jade, ochre yellow, eggplant, and deep ocean blue). Use earth tones to help you stay on task and persevere.

Use earth tone energy to motivate you to complete household chores. As you dust and vacuum, recognize you're toning muscles as well as enhancing living space. 

Turn on your favorite music and dance to the beat. Strut and shake as you make the bed, mop the floor, and have fun tidying up your house, apartment, or home office.

3. Meditate on red and the root chakra, because root chakra vibes can help fortify you, especially when you need courage, self-confidence, positive love, and resolve/will-power. 

Select those shades of red that appeal to you for an emotional and energetic lift. Crimson, bright red, ruby, or brick are examples of red colors. Wear articles of clothing in those colors to speed up metabolism and helps burn calories as you work out. 

4. Warm up gradually to rev up your cardiovascular system and increase blood flow to your muscles. Doing this may also help reduce muscle soreness and lessen your risk of injury. Cool down after your workout to allow for a gradual recovery of pre-exercise heart rate and blood pressure. 

Use slow motion (mindful) stretching and earth tones including shades of gray to connect with your core. Practice the exercise shown below daily, and before you know it, you'll be much more flexible. 

Fall Color Tips for Wellness

5. Eat red, orange, yellow, and green autumn fruits and vegetables including beets, pomegranates, pears, Brussels sprouts, squash, and apples to fuel your body and help it function at peak efficiency. Food is an important part of a healthful  fitness plan.

Colorful fruits and vegetables work throughout the year to heal injury, and promote and maintain health. Read additional tips to help you bloom into health here.  

6. Go apple or pumpkin picking to select colorful fall fruits and vegetables. Get a dose of extra exercise, when you park your car away from the crowds. Walk or bike to a cider mill or farmers' market.

7. Take a hike, play a ball game, or create a fall vegetable garden. Spend time in nature and participate in outdoor sports. 

8. Vary your exercise routine to stave off boredom. According to information from the Mayo Clinic a well-rounded exercise program includes aerobic fitness, strength training, core exercises, balance training, and flexibility and stretching.

9. Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers. Shed or put on additional clothing as needed.

Remember to keep hydrated. Even though the sun's rays are less direct in autumn than in summer, you will sweat when you exercise vigorously. Drinking adequate water helps regulate body temperature, aids digestion and elimination, and lubricates joints. 

Water is a calorie free beverage that works to quench thirst and prevent dehydration. It's an appetite suppressant as well. In fact, a new study shows that adults drinking only 2 glasses of water before exercising can boost metabolism by 30% for at least 30-45 minutes. Isn't that great?

10. Check out this chart, 12 Exercises that Burn the Most Calories, and get the scoop on those calorie burning exercises.

11. Save time, money, and discover exercise tips at Move it Monday. Then read 8-cheap-ways-to-exercise.

Diet and exercise are good topics to discuss with your doctor before starting an exercise program or lifestyle change. This post is offered for entertainment and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.

No matter when, where, or how you fit it in, incorporate physical movement into your daily routines. 

Research shows those who keep active tend to do so, simply because it increases a sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. 

Why not be part of this fabulous active group?

Let fall colors and my blog, Colors 4 Health, help you create easy, economical, and efficient ways to make your day livelier and healthier. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Fabulous Fall Foliage and Colorful Autumn Trees


Colors of Autumn, Nature

In autumn, when I see the glorious burnt oranges, golden yellows, scarlet reds, dusty browns, and additional earth tones of the season, I thank Mother Nature for the changing colors of fall leaves.

Post updated 9/4/2022

See a review of some basic science principles below to explain why leaves of deciduous trees including aspen, oak, maple, and river birch put on a colorful show in the autumn.

Colors of Fall, Nature

Part of the tree's natural growth process in spring and summer, is to bring chlorophyll to its leaves. This gives them a green appearance. 

In autumn, weather cools and the hours of daily sunlight decreases in many areas of the U.S. That's a signal for certain plants to gradually stop production of chlorophyll—a necessary component of photosynthesis. 

Photosynthesis only occurs in the presence of warmth and sunshine, which of course become increasingly scarce starting in late September. 

As chlorophyll production stops, the green leaf color fades. Colorful flavonoids and carotenoids in the natural pigment of various leaf species sport yellow, orange, red, and purple coloration. 

For in-depth science details for school age children or grandchildren, and for those with a curious mind, see more about how plants prepare for winter. Also check out Why do Leaves Change Color in Fall?

I am fascinated by autumn leaf COLORS, and offer content and pictures below to show you why ... These colors are















Do you relish seeing russet (brownish red), amber (pale yellow or brownish yellow), copper (shiny yellow metallic color), and bright ruby and scarlet reds of fall? 

See the Merriam Webster Website for ideas about additional names for colorful autumn leaf hues.

Fabulous Fall Foliage and Colorful Autumn Trees

Colors of Fall, Nature

Colors of Fall, Nature

Colors of Fall, Nature

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