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It's easy to bolt out the front door when the sun is shining and a warm breeze wafts the scent of fresh flowers your way. Unfortunately, this picture-perfect weather can't last forever. As quickly as leaves begin to turn and fall from the branches, temps also begin to drop. If you intend to keep up your outdoor runs, you can't let Fall's chilly days keep you away. Here are some ways to ensure your morning runs keep happening.
- Go shopping! Running shorts and a tank just won't cut it when temps dip into the 40s. If you don't have some warmer gear, then it's time to head to the store. A lightweight long-sleeved shirt is a must; look for one that you can easily slip off and tie around your waist if you begin to get too hot. You'll also need leggings and socks that cover your ankles, and on chilly mornings, a light pair of running mittens feels especially cozy. Be careful not to overdo it — you're not heading into arctic temps here. Wearing too much will have you sweating buckets, which can actually make you feel colder. You'll know you're wearing the right amount of clothes when you step outside and feel slightly chilled. Once you start running, you'll quickly warm up.
- Beat the darkness: Lack of light in the Fall is a huge motivation-crasher for early-morning runners. Since you don't have the power of the bright sun getting you psyched to go outside, you'll have to find other ways to get inspired. Blast your favorite cardio tunes while getting dressed, turn on a bunch of lights to help wake up your brain, and read some of the motivational quotes posted on your bathroom mirror.
- Prep the night before: Even if you're not slipping your running sneakers on first thing, prepping the night before will bring you that much closer to actually running. Aside from saving you the time and frustration of a scavenger hunt for your favorite wicking sock, it's impossible to walk by an entire outfit that you laid out without either slipping it on or grabbing it to use later.
- Warm up indoors: Once you're completely dressed and ready to go, instead of heading into the cold weather for your warmup, do yours inside. Breathe through five Sun Salutations, run up and down your stairs, do some Mountain Climbers, or try this five-move warmup.
- Have a warm breakfast to come home to: As humans, we can't help but feel motivated by rewards, and there's nothing wrong with bribing yourself to run with the promise of a deliciously warm and toasty meal after a hot shower. These are powerful thoughts that'll not only get you out the door, but will also keep you going strong for the entire run. You'll keep thinking, "The faster I run, the quicker I'll be cupping a warm bowl of pumpkin pie oatmeal."
- Use the power of a friend: When you find it impossible to motivate on your own, making a running date with a friend will keep you honest. You'll feel too bad leaving them to run in the cold all alone, and once you start chatting it up, you'll forget all about how cold you feel (just ignore your misty breath if you can see it!).
Pumpkin pie sounds healthy — I mean, it's made from pumpkins, right? — but the crust is mostly butter and white flour, and the cream in the filling is high in saturated fat. Your heart will love you if you whip up this version, which is completely raw, vegan, and gluten-free. Did I mention it tastes good, too?
You'll never go back to regular crust again after taking a bite of this one made with almonds, cashews, dates, raisins, and coconut. It's irresistibly packed with sweet, nutty flavor and a satisfyingly soft and chewy texture unlike any boring buttery crust you'll ever have.
The filling is made with uncooked pumpkin, and for those of you weirded out about eating raw pumpkin, it tastes slightly sweet with a little crunch, similar to a mild-tasting apple. The banana adds some natural sweetness, and the spices make it taste like the holidays.
At 302 calories a slice, it beats the 316 for a traditional slice, plus it offers more fiber, less cholesterol, and much less sodium.
Keep reading to learn how to make this simple pie that'll have your egg, milk, and flour pumpkin pie-loving friends ooing and ahhing.
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She's a Golden Globe-nominated actress who's starring in the upcoming Divergent — the movie based on the popular young-adult books that just may be the next Hunger Games — but away from the camera, Shailene Woodley's personal life is less about glamour than living simply. Here are a few surprising ways the star, who turns 22 today, puts health and happiness first every day.
She leads an "alternative" lifestyle: "I gather my own spring water from mountains every month. I go to a farm to get my food. I make everything from my own toothpaste to my own body lotions and face oils," she told Flaunt Magazine, adding that she also makes her own medicines and cheese and also likes to forage for food (check out her recent dinner of wild mushroom risotto). "It's an entire lifestyle. It's appealing to my soul."
She stays active: The actress says she winds down with "15 to 45 minutes of yoga" at night and enjoys outdoor activities as well. "I love to hike, bike, run, jog, walk, and swim . . . pretty much anything that has to do with nature," she told Teen Vogue.
She resists the Hollywood lifestyle: "I think people in this industry make it harder on themselves than they need to. It's easy to be happy. It's easier to be happy than to not be," she said in Flaunt magazine about navigating her growing celebrity.
She's a conscious consumer: After reading the book Farm Sanctuary, Shailene started focusing on how her actions affect the health of both herself and the planet. She also studied indigenous cultures to learn "how their diets affect their bodies and the environment," leading to her decision to change her own purchasing habits. "The amount of waste we have is so frustrating, so at home I try to only buy bulk, and I only go to the farmers markets," she told Coco Eco Magazine. "The amount of waste is what inspired me to start researching health and what we can do to live more minimally."
She knows how to indulge smart: Shailene is careful about what she puts into her body, even when she's in a junk-food mood. She says she goes to Trader Joe's to stock up on cookies and candy without artificial ingredients, and substitutes fruits and veggies when she can. "I think it's easy to not eat junk food, especially when some vegetables and fruits are just as sweet, such as raspberries and beets. When I feel like eating chips, instead of eating potato chips, I eat plantain chips. They are amazing!" she said in Teen Vogue.
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Leggings have become a wardrobe staple — what's not to love? But these comfy pants can, at times, be a little unforgiving. Now is the time to tone any jiggly bits hiding under your leggings with this six-minute legs, hips, and butt workout. It'll work your upper thighs from all angles so you look good from all angles!
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