Summer is officially over. Whether you are happy or sad by this fact, there are many ways to embrace Fall. It may be enticing to curl up on the couch, binge Netflix and eat comfort food as the weather cools down, but there are many other things you can do to be healthy during the changing of seasons. Here are some of our favorite tips:
- Eat healthy, seasonal foods. Some great seasonal foods to try are butternut squash, apples, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, pears, cranberries, pumpkins, figs, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower. These are all very healthy foods to add into your diet for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try to avoid getting sucked into too many pumpkin lattes, donuts, apple cider and other treats that contain a lot of sugar.
- Enjoy the weather outdoors! While some people are mourning the end of summer, you can still enjoy the amazing weather in the Fall! This is the perfect season for jogs, walks, hikes and bike rides. Walks are just so much better when you can enjoy the changing of the leaves and the cool breeze.
- Just because you are done with school doesn’t mean you are done learning! Use the classic feel of going back to school to learn something new. Start a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try or take a class in something you want to learn. Check out your local community center for a variety of inexpensive classes.
- Amp up your immune system. The Fall can be a start of everyone getting sick during the cold and flu season. Wash your hands often, get lots of sleep, exercise and eat healthy. Make time to relax too because stress can lower your immune system’s strength to fight off illnesses. Get a flu shot too, especially if you are older or always catch the flu that goes around.
- Volunteer or give back. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is a great time to start expressing gratitude and give back. Give to your favorite charity, volunteer for a cause that means something to you or simply start spreading small acts of kindness everywhere you go.
- Take a break from Facebook and other social media or electronics. Take a little break and watch your stress levels relax as time goes on without being obsessed with clicking on apps and keeping up with the news and your friends. Spend more time with friends in person.
How do you prepare for Fall? Do you incorporate any of these healthy lifestyle changes in your daily routine? Share with us which one you’ll try first!