The weather has changed. There is a crispness in the air. As we say goodbye to summer, we welcome the arrival of fall. As with any change of season, there are positive actions we can take to improve or maintain our health.
The change of season is always a good time to reflect on the self care we have done this summer and think of the things we can do for ourselves this autumn.
Fall Wellness Tips:
1. Go outside
The weather is still nice enough (and we seem to be rain free for now) to partake in outdoor activities. Take some time outside to notice the fall colors and scents. Change up your fitness routine and move it outdoors. Temperatures are not as hot as summer and are still warm enough for you to be comfortable outside. Don't forget that outdoor chores burn calories too. The average 150 pound person will burn 150 calories while raking leaves for 30 minutes. They will also burn 150 calories while doing 30 minutes of planting and weeding.
2. Get your flu shot
No one wants to spend a week with the flu this fall or winter. And it's a myth, that the flu vaccine can give you the flu. As long as we are talking about prevention... wash your hands. According to the CDC, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds can prevent the spread of germs such as the common cold.
3. Eat seasonally
Make sure your diet includes fall vegetables such as beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, squash, cabbage, carrots, eggplant, cauliflower, and kale. As per the American Heart Association, colorful fruits and vegetables "contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals that have different disease-fighting elements. These compounds may be important in reducing the risk of many conditions, including cardiovascular disease."
4. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
When we change our clocks to standard time, it is a good reminder to test and replace the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in our homes.
5. Beware the halloween candy
It's hard to resist all the halloween candy especially if it is in our homes. Buy only enough candy for the
trick or treaters. Buy it on the day of trick or treat. If you buy it beforehand, store it out of sight.
6. Eat like the athletes
If you spend your weekends in front of the television rooting for your favorite team, choose to eat like the athlete on the field. Choose fresh fruits and veggies over chips and chicken wings.
The cooler temperatures and indoor heat can dry out your skin. Make sure you moisturize. Don't forget sunscreen when you go outdoors.
8. Take some time for yourself
As the daylight hours shorten, listen to your body. Be aware of your moods. Adjust your activities accordingly. Be kind to yourself.
9. Give back
As we move later into fall and approach Thanksgiving, it is important to focus on the various things for which we are thankful. It's time to give back; whether it's a donation to charity of time or money or something nice we do for our coworkers, friends, or family.
Enjoy the fall season. Stay healthy and well. As always, if things are not going as you plan with your healthcare and you need some guidance, don't forget to reach out to me... your healthcare advocate. A partner in your health. www.melissahakim.com