The summer is officially over. Whether you are happy or sad about this fact, there are many ways to embrace fall. It may be tempting to curl up on the couch, absorb Netflix and eat comforting food while the weather cools, but there are many other things you can do to stay healthy during the change of season. Here are some of our favorite tips:
- Eat healthy and seasonal foods. Some excellent seasonal foods to try are pumpkin, apples, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, pears, cranberries, pumpkins, figs, pomegranates, sweet potatoes and cauliflower. These are all very healthy foods to add to your diet for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try to avoid being absorbed in too many lattes of pumpkin, donuts, apple cider and other sweets that contain a lot of sugar.
- Enjoy the outdoor weather! While some people are crying late in the summer, you can still enjoy the incredible weather in the fall! This is the perfect season for jogging, walking, hiking and cycling. The rides are much better when you can enjoy the change of leaves and the cool breeze.
- Just because you’re done with school does not mean you’ve finished learning! Use the classic feeling of going back to school to learn something new. Start a hobby you’ve always wanted to try or take a class on something you want to learn. Check out your local community center for a variety of cheap classes.
- Extend your immune system. Autumn can be the beginning of everyone getting sick during the cold and flu season. Wash your hands often, get plenty of sleep, exercise and eat healthy. Take some time to relax too because stress can reduce the strength of the immune system to fight disease. Also get a flu shot, especially if you are older or if you get the flu that is circulating.
- Volunteer or return. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is a good time to start expressing gratitude and returning it. Give your favorite charity, volunteer for a cause that means something to you or just begin to spread small acts of kindness wherever you go.
- Take a break from Facebook and other social or electronic networks. Take a break and watch your stress levels relax as you pass the time without having to obsess about clicking apps and keeping up with the news and your friends. Spend more time with friends in person.
How do you prepare for autumn? Do you incorporate any of these healthy lifestyle changes into your daily routine? Share with us which one to try first!