Five Ways To Make Your Health a Priority This Fall
With the change of seasons just around the corner, it’s time to focus on making wellness a priority this fall. From supplements to eating habits, here are five ways you can make your health a priority this fall.
Start taking a Vitamin D supplement
As the days get shorter and we spend more time indoors, our sunlight exposure decreases, and our vitamin D intake declines. A vitamin D supplement can boost your mood and immune system.
Add a moisturizer to your daily routine
If you’ve spent your summer slathered in sunscreen, it’s tempting to put it away once the fall rolls around. But did you know you should be wearing sunscreen all year long? While you might be in a geographical location that gets less sun in the fall months, sunscreen still has many benefits.
Dry and chapped skin is a common challenge in the fall and winter months, so lather up with an additional moisturizer after applying your daily sunscreen, too.
Plan for indoor exercise
If you’re accustomed to heading to the gym for your daily workout, the transition to fall won’t impact your schedule much. However, for those who prefer to exercise outdoors and might have been going for a daily morning run, it’s time to plan for indoor exercise, too. The change of season is always the perfect time to make changes happen in your life.” If you accomplish those goals, you’ll be in a great place to begin the new year with a brand new set of plans.
The colder weather, coupled with areas prone to more rain, will force even the most physically active indoors. So scope out your neighborhood gym and take a tour. Or, sign up for a yoga or pilates class to add something new to your routine.
Planning for indoor exercise will help you stay consistent in your exercise routines and prevent that fall/winter slump from sneaking up on you.
On warmer fall days, you can take advantage of mother nature’s predictability with falling leaves to rake leaves, get your garden prepped for winter, or take walks at a neighborhood park or trail to enjoy the fall scenery. Even just 30 minutes of raking leaves or pulling weeds can burn up to 150 calories.
Boost your immune system
Staying hydrated drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day is a great way to keep your immune system activated. Plus, the foods you eat can also help you avoid common fall sicknesses like the cold.
Other foods we know boost the immune system include yogurts with probiotics, pumpkin seeds, and other autumn vegetables like cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, kale, and squash.
An abundance of tasty autumn vegetables makes it easy to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet, such as diabetes prevention and hypertension control.
Cranberries are also great fall foods to enjoy, either alone or mixed in with fall green salads, soups, or as a topping on yogurt or granola. Cranberries are loaded with proanthocyanidins, which help protect your urinary tract and prevent recurring urinary tract infections.
UTIs can be exceptionally bothersome in women, but your medical team can quickly diagnose the condition via urinary testing. Companies like Brad Schaeffer with MedComp Sciences are revolutionizing the urine testing industry and making these processes easily accessible and affordable.
Get your annual vaccines
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.” And if you’re eligible and haven’t already, get your COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and others from the Coronavirus.
With these fall wellness tips, you won’t have to mourn the end of summer. Instead, you can jump into the fall season healthy and ready for all that a new season will bring.