Stay Healthy This Harvest Season
Fall is upon us!
If you get excited about changing leaves, sweaters, back to school and pumpkin spice lattes, then this is your season. Not a fan of fall? We get you.
Fall is the time to refocus our energy and get back on track after summer. Think of it as the last push before the year is over. Even if you love this time of year, it can be tricky to stay healthy, especially with cold and flu season. Here are our seven essential tips for staying healthy this fall:
Find your ideal indoor workout
Just because the weather is turning cool and crisp, don’t let that stop you from exercising. Simple, but effective workouts like pushups, squats, and lunges, will get your heart pumping and endorphins flowing. Enroll in a yoga class (check out which style fits you best) and enjoy a full-body workout that will benefit your body and mind. If you usually bike outdoors in the summer, try a spin class. You’ll get the same lower body conditioning but to the beat of fun music.
Be Prepared for Flu Season
Flu season in the U.S. starts in the fall and usually lasts through the winter. Now is the time to get prepared! Firstly, getting a flu shot - is the number one suggested way you can prevent the flu. Always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the trick is to sing “Happy Birthday” twice). Sanitize your home, especially doorknobs and light switches, and try to keep your distance if a work colleague seems to be coming down with something. Maintaining a healthy regimen - getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising - is another surefire way to beat flu season.
Stock up on fresh and seasonal veggies
Switch your summer produce haul for something more seasonal this fall. Squash, sweet potatoes, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots are all excellent fall vegetables that are packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, B and C. Legumes, such as beans and lentils, are excellent sources of protein and fiber and make a great base for a hearty vegetarian meal.
Take Vitamin D
With shorter autumn days and less exposure to the sun, that can mean our bodies are getting a lot less Vitamin D than in summer. Vitamin D not only promotes calcium absorption, but it is also believed to play a role in the prevention of type1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis. If you’re concerned about a Vitamin D deficiency, consider taking a supplement.
With back to school season, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with your child’s homework, after school activities and healthy snacks. The key to it all? Organization! Have a planner at your desk or at home and pencil in all important dates, prepare lunches and snacks the night before and have your kids set out their clothes. The more time you take to prepare and organize a day before or even on the weekend, the easier and less stressful your work and school week will be!
Indulge in moderation
With Halloween and Thanksgiving, fall is an indulgent season. While we would never discourage you from enjoying a slice of pumpkin pie, it’s always important to maintain a balanced diet. If you love sweets, consider swapping for healthier options like dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa, dates, or nuts. Load up your holiday plate with fresh veggies, go easy on the sauces and drink lots of water. You’ll be surprised that you only need a little indulgence to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Spend time with loved ones
Whether it’s sitting by a roaring fire or enjoying a mug of hot chocolate, fall is better spent with the ones you love. Amid busy schedules, make time for one other and show you care.