5 Tips for a Healthier Fall
By Brandi Goodman
The fall season starts to see more changes than just the weather. You may find yourself exercising less, eating more, participating in more unhealthy habits, and getting sick more often. Some tips for a healthier fall can help you make it a better season for your health.
Wash Your Hands
Clean hands help prevent the spread of germs. Just be sure you're washing them right. Wet them and then turn the water off while you scrub with soap for 20 seconds. Get the fronts and backs of your hands as well between your fingers and under your nails. Rinse them off thoroughly and then dry.
Find Time for Exercise
Lots of people get their exercise in during the summer months when they're getting outside often. The fall starts to see a decline in physical activity. Find time for exercise this autumn so you can maintain your physical and mental well-being. Go for walks. Participate in fall events. Turn on a workout video in your living room. There's plenty of options.
Eat Less Cheese and More Yogurt
Cheese is a common food eaten in many households. Though it may taste great added to meals or even eaten plain, it tends to have more sodium and fat than you need. Stick with a low-fat option if you must have it, but switching to yogurt instead can give you more potassium and less sodium.
Continue to Be Sun Safe
Just because the sun isn't shining as often doesn't mean it isn't still dangerous. You need to continue to be sun safe even in the fall -- and even in the winter. Wear long sleeves to keep your skin protected. Keep sunglasses on and wear a hat. You should even still be using sunscreen on any exposed skin, such as your face.
Stick With Water
It can be easy to choose a hot cup of coffee on a cold, fall morning instead of water. Though this is fine once in a while, you really should be sticking with water more often than not. Your body needs it to operate to the best of its ability. Too much caffeine can also be detrimental to health.
The fall season has its disadvantages over the summer months, but it has plenty of benefits as well. This start to the major holiday season can be a fun time for family. Just be sure you're doing what you can to maintain your health and avoid the illness that tends to stem from this season.
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