The lush green trees are slowly turning to yellow and orange, the hot days are slowly turning cooler with chilly mornings. Schools and colleges have started, and life is getting busier. With the start of fall season, our lifestyles and routines also change and keeping up with the transition from summer to fall and then fall to winter can become difficult. It is challenging for many of us to maintain a healthy lifestyle during colder months. We have come up with some fall wellness tips to get you ready for this changing season and make sure that you live healthy and happy for the rest of the year.
Be Physically Active. It can be difficult to maintain an active lifestyle during fall because of various reasons. Parents along with their children get busier and have lesser time to exercise. As November sets in, it becomes difficult for those who exercise outdoors to get their daily walks or runs in. easy to just sit around all the time, but it’s important to get in some movement throughout the day. Raking leaves or shoveling snow counts!
Boost Your Immune System. As colder weather starts setting in, both adults and kids get prone to infections. To prevent colds and other infections, you should have lots of water, daily vitamins, raw vegetables and fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and herbs. Maintaining a healthy diet along with taking your daily supplements will keep infections at bay. As we spend even more days indoors, we get less vitamin D, therefore it is necessary to take vitamin D supplements during fall and winter months. This is also a good time of the year to start taking natural preventive supplements such as elderberry syrups, Indian gooseberry, turmeric, ginger, honey, holy basil and other herbal supplements to keep infections at bay. This is especially beneficial for kids as they start falling sick at day cares and schools during this time of the year.
Fall into the Habit of Healthy Eating this Fall. Consume seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs. Squash, pumpkin, eggplant, kale, cabbage, leafy greens, broccoli, root vegetables such as yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes, rutabaga, parsnips, turnips, radishes and carrots are some of the highly nutritious veggies available during autumn. Herbs such as pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, turmeric, saffron and rosemary are all great herbs that can enhance flavor and boost immune system. It is important however to not fall prey to food company marketing gimmicks such as “pumpkin spiced lattes”, flavored cakes, desserts and foods that contain artificial flavors, sugar and fat. Speaking of diet, Halloween candies can ruin your blood sugar levels and dental health. A good idea is not buy any candy until Halloween day, buy limited quantity and make other healthier dessert for yourself so that you don’t crave for the candy. Even better idea is to substitute the candy with non-sugary healthier options such as nuts, dry fruit, crackers for kids. Making a healthier Thanksgiving dinner also goes a long way.
Maintain a Schedule. The colder days can slow down activity levels and keeping up with tasks, exercising and doing other things can get difficult. It is important to stay on track and maintain your schedule actively. A good diet can help you stay on track with schedules. Plan for new activities to do so that you’ll not feel deprived of everything you could do in summer. This could include joining new indoor activity classes for fitness or hobbies. This can help those who are prone to depression and other psychological conditions that may worsen with shorter and colder days.
Schedule Your Wellness Checkup. If you haven’t done so earlier in the year, schedule your early or any other checkups including your dental checkups. If you have a medical condition and are already getting treated, ask your doctor if you need any additional prepping for the change of season. Some people may need better pain management for colder months. Flu shots are recommended although many people are against vaccinations.
Protect Your Body & Looks Exfoliate and moisturize daily with natural products. You can also use honey, coconut oil, olive oil, pumpkin purees and oatmeal to make good quality scrubs and skin masks. In the same way, protect and condition your hair and scalp by using various natural oils and conditioners. Dress appropriately to keep warm and prevent health issues arising due to lower temps.
Get Adequate Sleep. Sleep is important always but because of Daylight Savings your regular sleep cycles can get disturbed. It is beneficial for adults and children to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier to adjust to the newer shorter days.
Plan Ahead For Winter. Fall days are shorter and take us quickly into winter. This is a good time to get rid of clutter, clean your home and prepare for snowy days. Make sure your heating and cooling systems are working well as there may be a mix of cold and hot days during the start of fall season where you need heating during nights and cooling during the day. This is a great time to start changing your wardrobe to warmer clothing and shoes and prepare for winter months.