With back to school and cooler temperatures, fall is always the time of year when focusing on your health seems to be put on the back burner.
You don’t have to let this busy time of year take the wind out of your sails though. There are certain things you can do to have a healthier fall for you and your family.
7 Ways to Be Healthy This Fall
Make the Most of Seasonal Foods
Eating fruits and vegetables that are in season is always a good idea. We tend to think about apples and pumpkins in fall because it’s prime season for them.
If you find yourself craving pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes, look for healthier versions as the high-sugar kind aren’t so good for us. Or opt for roasted pumpkin, pumpkin soup, or even mashed pumpkin which is delicious and nutritious.
Apples don’t need to go in pies to be sublime. Add apple slices to a smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Slice them up with your favorite nut butter smeared on top for an easy, healthy snack. You can even chop up an apple to add to a salad or coleslaw for a fall twist.
Look for other seasonal foods that will do your health good, and you’ll find you can easily fill your plate with seasonal foods that you’ll love.
Prepare and Protect From Colds
Fall tends to be the start of cold and flu season. Ideally, you should prepare and protect from colds before you notice everyone around you sniffling and sneezing. Keep your hands off your face and keep them clean. Don’t forget a good sleep and a proper, healthy diet will help you, too.
Preparing meals with foods high in vitamin C can help. Brussel sprouts, tomatoes, kale, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower are excellent fall season options.
Sweet potatoes and carrots which are rich in antioxidants to support your immune function are two other seasonal foods to choose from.
By taking care of yourself, even if everyone else gets sick, you’ll be less likely to succumb to the germs.
Stay Out of the Candy Trap
Admit it. One of your favorite things about fall is Halloween. It’s a blast to decorate for it and to see all the kids in costume, but the most significant health problem we all face for this holiday is the surplus of candy.
Tempting as it is to buy that big bag and stash it away for when the trick or treaters come around, don’t do it. If you can’t resist it, don’t buy it until just before Halloween, choose something you wouldn’t eat yourself, or even better, keep the neighborhood happy and healthy by buying small sticker packs instead.
There are numerous healthy Halloween options to choose from!
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Don’t let back to school and cooler temperatures put your health on the back burner. Learn practical ways to be healthy this fall for you and your family.
Get Into the Great Outdoors
With the colder weather, it’s nice to get outdoors and enjoy the crispness on your cheeks. Autumn is perfect for hiking, biking, or just enjoying the change in the seasons.
Go for a walk or take a jog through a local park to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves and foliage. With the kids back in school, you can even enjoy the neighborhood playground all to yourself. Can you still swing as high as you could when you were little?
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Keep Moving Indoors Too
On days when you can’t get outside, you can still stay active inside. If you tend to sit most of the day, set a timer to remind you to move every 25 to 30 minutes. Get up and do some stretches or exercises or do a few laps around the office or in the house.
You can also try a standing desk. You’ll work while you stand or better yet, walk in place to add to your daily steps.
If you want to do a workout, but don’t feel like heading to the gym, try an at home workout to break a sweat indoors.
Staying active during the fall is an excellent way to keep your health in exceptional condition.
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With the temps falling, you may not feel as parched as you did in the hot summer months. But staying hydrated is important year-round to keep your body functioning at its best.
Keep an insulated water bottle with you throughout the day and aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water on a daily basis. Drink more if you break a sweat from a workout or activity.
Make Wise Celebration Choices
Halloween is just the beginning. With fall comes football parties and then the holiday season where it’s an endless buffet of food, sweets, and ever-flowing libations.
You don’t need to miss out on all the fun, but do choose wisely when you’re eating. At parties, fill your plate up with veggies first before sampling sweets, so you’re too full to eat more than a bite or two.
Bring a healthy dish with you to share at parties. That way you avoid the risk of finding nothing good to eat when you get there.
By making good choices and being prepared, you’ll avoid gaining weight by Christmas.
Make Your Fall Season Fun and Healthy
Don’t forget that fall should be fun, but if you “fall” into any of these fall pitfalls, take care and take steps to get back on track!
What do you do to make sure you have a healthier autumn? Share in the comments below. We’d love to know!
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