The Rise of Fall: Healthy Tips to Make the Most of Autumn
By Sara Butler
Can you feel that crisp breeze in the air? Smell that pumpkin spice? Ready for that cozy sweater? Unfortunately, when it comes to your health, fall has fallen. The season may have a lot of things to look forward to, but the lazy days of autumn spent inside sipping spiced cider are not exactly going to lead you down the road to health. That’s why you have to make an effort to keep up your healthy routine and stay on track.
If you’re ready to finish out this year strong, here are some fall wellness tips to help you keep going rather than falling off the health wagon.
Fall Tips to Start Right Now
There are lots of things about fall that make it a favorite for many, but what makes it so great may not make it great for your health. As the leaves hit the ground you should put these tips into action right now:
- Swap out comfort foods - Rich, savory soups or creamy chowders are a perennial favorite in autumn, but you have to be smart about it. Try swapping out the cream-based soups for broth-based ones that are full of healthy, seasonal vegetables. Spinach, sweet potatoes, and squash are great options to incorporate.
- Eat with immunity in mind - Cold and flu season is hot on the heels of the changing leaves, so you have to make sure you’re eating foods that support a healthy immune system. Foods rich in Vitamin C can help your body to fight off seasonal infections, so incorporate citrus fruits into your diet for a boost. Also make sure to add in plenty of spinach, garlic, almonds, and ginger to help your body stay in optimal fighting shape.
- Eat seasonally - Some great foods come into season in the fall, so take advantage of the bounty! Apples, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, turnips, and butternut squash are all great options that are dense in nutrients your body needs.
- Don’t fall back - Daylight savings time changes are not exactly a favorite, but that’s a topic for another time! Just make sure to stay as healthy as possible by getting plenty of sleep and making sure to rise and shine at about the same time each day to stay on track.
- Don’t forget the Vitamin D - This time of the year, as the days become shorter, Vitamin D is as important as ever. That’s because your body needs sun exposure to create its own Vitamin D. This nutrient helps your body to better absorb important nutrients like calcium and can help keep your mood stable, so it’s rather vital to your health and wellness. Make sure your diet is varied this time of the year to keep Vitamin D levels up. Tuna, salmon, and fortified milk should help.
- Pumpkin it up - There’s a reason why pumpkins are the symbol of fall, they’re abundant this time of the year. Go beyond pumpkin spice to incorporate more pumpkin into your diet since it’s full of vital minerals and vitamins that help support optimal health.
- Mix up your workout routine - If the weather outside is too frightful to stick to what you’ve been doing for exercise all summer, then find a replacement activity inside. This is a great opportunity to try a new workout class you’ve been thinking about.
Slow Down and Enjoy the Season!
Summer is full of outdoor activities and travel, so take advantage of the fall as a time to slow down and take a good look at your health and wellness. If you can incorporate some of these tips, then this can be your healthiest fall yet!
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