It's about that time of the year when the leaves turn golden brown and begin to fall off. Everything becomes colder, the nights become longer, and you can
probably smell the pumpkin spice in the air this fall season. Seasonal changes provide us with the opportunity to reflect and take inventory of our lives. They are milestones that help us appreciate how far we have Come especially in current times, whilst we all get used to the new ‘norm’ with Covid.
Fall is often the perfect season to get lazy due to fewer outdoor activities because of the weather changes and many holidays. While it's tempting to stay inside and eat some comfort food, you need to keep up with exercise and pay more attention to what you eat. There are many practical ways to stay healthy during this fall season. Below, seven tips that will get you started;
Get the Flu shot
Unfortunately, fall also means the start of cold and flu season. You can stay healthy during flu season by getting the (once-a-year) flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the vaccine before the end of October. If you are yet to get yours, times running out; what are you waiting for?
Pause and take time for yourself
We often get lost in our daily routines that we forget that we’re humans and
not machines. The holidays will begin soon, and you need to take time for Yourself. Some of the many ways to do this may include; Meditating, taking a walk, keeping a journal, getting enough sleep, trying new fun activities, enjoying your hobbies, relaxing at home, turning off social media, spending time with loved ones and maybe trying something new and exciting you’ve always wanted to do. Many of us have been working so hard this year due to the extra pressures from Covid and so it’s never ever been so important to allow yourself YOU time! A wise woman once said, not to burn the candle at both ends and it’s a motto we should all try and live by to alleviate the chances of total burn out.
With shorter days, you may be tempted to stay in, especially if you live in colder climates. However, even though it may be more challenging to go outside and exercise, you need to keep active. Therefore you may need to switch up your fitness routines and get used to indoor workout sessions. Staying in shape can help you maintain proper posture. There’s also nothing like releasing those endorphins to boost your mood and mind set! In order to keep your body from feeling stiff and achy, be sure to also get your stretching to prevent your muscles from tightening and becoming painful. If you suffer with tight muscles and aches and pains in your back and neck, then check out the Vibe Roller - this product will get you and your muscles through the Fall/Winter months yet to come.
You may need to drink more water during the colder days because your body is losing more fluids. The heavier clothes and shoes will cause you to sweat more and use extra energy. The dry air and low temperatures may also cause Quick dehydration. This is why you always need to have a water bottle handy - especially in higher climates, this is key. Remember, every system in your body depends on adequate water intake. It is a great practice to keep your skin looking healthy in the winter months.
Eat fruits and vegetables
As the weather gets colder and flu season starts, you need to guard your immune system. Fresh fruits and vegetables go a long way in ensuring good health and boosting immunity. Fruits and vegetables have loads of vitamins and minerals. They are also high in water content (hence, a great way to stay hydrated).
Pumpkin is a fall centerpiece, and it is everyone's favorite fall pulp. Not only is it dense with vitamins and minerals, but it's tasty seeds can also help to lower cholesterol. However, you should stick with fresh pumpkins; canned pumpkins are often full of sugar.
Boost your vitamin D intake
Vitamin D is essential for the body as it aids the immune system function and helps absorb calcium. However, our bodies cannot absorb so much vitamin D from the sun with the shorter autumn days, so be sure you’re getting enough this season. Vitamin D can be found in Red meat, Oily fishes (such as sardines, mackerels, and salmon), egg yolks, and certain cereals, to name a few.
Reduce sugar intake
At this time of year sugar is so readily available, in all of our favorite fall and holiday foods - it’s almost impossible to avoid. However, you need to ensure that you significantly reduce sugar intake (especially during this season). The sweet and satisfying taste of sugar comes with health consequences. Excess sugar consumption can be linked to several harmful health conditions. Therefore, you may need to keep your eyes and hands away from where the Halloween candies are kept. Try out some healthier alternatives with no added sugar but all the flavour - most supermarkets have great options these days.
Fall presents a perfect opportunity to slow down and pay attention to your well-being. The simple tips listed in this article can help you have a healthier fall.
The cold weather is here, and there is no better time to enjoy being around nature. A walk in the park with your loved ones can improve creativity, help you relax, and boost your mood.
Initially, you may find it challenging to get used to practicing these tips.
However, over time they become a part of you. At this point, you will reap the
immense benefits that come with consistently doing these things. Change can be challenging; however, all you need is that first step in the right direction. You can make this article the right step and create your plan for a healthy fall with these tips in mind. There are many fun activities to do this season, and you want to be as healthy as possible to enjoy it all adequately. The start of autumn can usher in positive changes, and it all begins with the little things.
Here’s to seeing out the year strong, happy, and healthy.
Have a fantastic fall!