As the season transitions from summer to fall, Hashem gives us many opportunities to do teshuvah and make spiritual improvements, like the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, Yom Kippur, and Hoshanah Rabba. The fall also provides new opportunities to improve our physical health, as well.

– Pumpkins, squash and other starchy vegetables are in season. They are high in vitamins and fiber, so they help you feel full and promote healthy digestion.
– Fall’s cooler temperatures make it easier to get outside and exercise, whether it’s hikes, apple picking or even walks around the neighborhood.
– Outdoor exercise is even more beneficial than indoor exercise, and offers increased mood improvement, lowers risk of depression and boosts self-esteem.
– Popular fall spices, like nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, offer their own health boosts. Nutmeg aids in relaxation, while cinnamon might boost cognitive function, and ginger improves circulation.
– The beauty and color of the fall landscape provides a natural boost to happiness and mental health. Yellow conveys energy and fun, and red improves attention span and confidence.
– Our bodies get more rest during the fall due to the cool weather and earlier sunset, which promotes better overall health.
– It’s just as important to stay hydrated during the fall as in the summer. Fall breezes create dryness in the air that can lead to dehydration.
– Autumn is marked by a return to routine (think start of the school year), which leads to better overall health and wellness habits.
– Even a 2-minute walk after meals can help lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by improving digestion and lowering blood sugar levels.