Summer is coming to an end and fall is creeping up on us! As the seasons change it is important to keep up with healthy habits. Here are some helpful tips to a healthy fall:
Embrace the outdoors and keep up with physical activity.
Many find it hard to keep up with going to the gym when the weather gets colder. Setting the clocks back this season can also cause people to “fall behind” in their workout regimen. Take advantage of outdoor chores and use them as a workout, for example raking leaves for half an hour is a way to burn calories. Other fun, healthy fall activities include going apple or pumpkin picking with your family and friends, or going for a hike.
Dress in layers.
Be sure to dress in appropriate apparel that will keep you warm! Layers are a great choice for fall because it is often colder in the mornings and nights, but hotter during the day. Keep accessories such as hats, scarves and gloves in mind.
Eat foods that boost your immune system.
Eating the right foods can help you stay healthier this season! For example, Avocados contain essential amino acids, antioxidants and some healthy fats to help balance hormone production. Drinking green tea can help fight bacteria and prevent viruses from multiplying. Adding a drop of sage extract into tea or hot water can also help break up mucus and cure a cough! Some other examples of “foods with benefits” are garlic, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, yogurt, and citrus fruits.
Avoid sport game snacking.
Football season is back, which means sport game snacking is back. Try your best to avoid unconscious eating while you are watching your favorite team play. Instead of eating from a large bowl, pre-measure your snack and place it in a smaller bowl or napkin instead. If you like chips, try baked instead of fried. Try out some healthier options, such as veggies and dip, fruit, or mixed nuts.
Written by Christina Gantt, Peer Educator