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With back to school underway, the sun setting earlier and earlier, and the work grind starting to pick up again, we thought we'd put together a post this week to remind ourselves to slow down amidst the craziness of it all and take time for ourselves these next few months. Whether you're trying to de-stress, get fit, or fight off cold and flu season, here are our five of our tips to keep you in check this season! 

1. Find a workout you love

As we all know, it can be so hard to find a workout that you love and that you actually stick to. Whether it's before or after work, it's even harder to find the time to fit in a workout if we don't have an exercise, or a class that we feel really great doing. However, since Fall is a time that we tend to put on weight, we're challenging ourselves and you to find a workout you love and stick to it. 

Here are a few that we love or will be trying this fall!

Barre Life Studio 

If you're tired of running on a treadmill or riding the bike at the gym, join us in trying Barre Life Studio in Oakville - we've heard it's great for toning and tightening and a fast track to abs! Count us in.  

Soul Cycle - locations in Yorkville and King West

This is definitely worth a trip to the city. We've heard great things about the energizing, upbeat atmosphere and the great instructors. We've heard Tyrell's classes are amazing. 

Power Yoga Canada (PYC)

Yoga at PYC is a great option for muscle strength, flexibility, and total relaxation. The studio is super accommodating to beginners, and the workout is a great way to de-stress. Plus, they even have a free class on Sundays...bonus! 

Big Hit Kickboxing Studio - locations Oakville, Park Lawn, and Toronto 

The last workout that we love and always recommend is Big Hit Kickboxing studio. We love these workouts as they are cardio infused, muscle toning and not to mention, super fun! Each workout is dedicated for a different part of your body (such as core, arms and all over body workouts) allowing you to choose which area you want to focus on. However, all classes will make you sweat! We are addicted to Big Hit here at V.O.C!

2. Relax

It is so important to take time out of your day (even though some days it seems impossible!) to try and relax, even if it is just for 20 minutes.

One of our go to relaxation methods has been the Sage Diffuser - it diffuses essential oils into your space, and if you keep it in your bedroom, it's a great way to improve sleep and allow you to fall asleep faster. We recommend Lavender essential oil for relaxing and sleep, however Sage has a ton of essential oil options for you to choose from. 

Another way we love to relax and unwind, that's also great for your skin, is by applying a face mask as least once a week. Whether it's a hydrating or deep cleansing mask, doing this will bring a little zen back into your life and make you feel refreshed. We absolutely love any facial mask from the Aveda line, which can be found at Civello Salon on Lakeshore). We love the Radiant Skin Refiner masque and the Intense Hydrating Masque.

Taking baths is another favourite, whether it's with epsom salts or bath bombs, you are so relaxed and feel and smell amazing afterwards! We love any and every bath bomb from LUSH. From the colours, to scents these multilayered bath bombs are super cute and a fun way to take time to yourself! 


3. Get outside

There's no better time of year to get outside than in the Fall...and what better excuse to bundle up in your cutest outfit while getting some fresh air and exercise? We're planning to hike Rattlesnake Point this fall, visit Evergreen Brickworks Farmer's Market, and take a walk through High Park when the leaves change beautiful! 

Another great motivator to getting outside is by signing up for a 5k or 10k run or half marathon in the fall. We're always envious of those runners that are running practically year round training, and this time of year is always a great time to start something new. The Oakville Half Marathon is just around the corner on September 24th, but you also have the option to do the 5k or 10k routes. 

4. Add more veggies to your diet


One of our favourite things about Fall has to be all of the comfort food that we get to indulge in! A great way to get your comfort food fix without the calories is with a good vegetable soup recipe. We love this recipe from Fine Cooking that has tons of flavour. It's also a great way to get nutrients that help fight the flu and keep your immune system strong! 

We're also huge advocates of juicing and love that we have Green Press just steps away from the store on Lakeshore from fresh juices! We love their Mean Greens and Grapefruit Mint good and good for you! 




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