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Three Tips for a Healthy Fall

Posted Francine Labiran on 10/4/2016 |

Wellness Tips

Fall is here, and that means cooler weather, cozy sweaters, changing colors, and one of the most beautiful times of the year! The change in season is also a great time to revamp your healthy lifestyle. These three tips that will have you feeling great throughout the entire season and help make this your healthiest fall yet.

1. Get outside and get moving

Since the temperatures are a bit cooler, you might enjoy spending more time outside. Taking a walk in the leaves can help you to feel more energized and alert. Plus, there is still sunshine during the beginning fall months, so there’s time to soak up that vitamin D before winter hits.

Also, fall scenery provides an awesome backdrop to start something new. Trying something new will help you to feel rejuvenated.  Maybe that means taking a class, starting a new daily habit (drinking more water, spending time reading or meditating, etc.) or trying a new workout routine.  You can make fall ‘chores’ a workout, too. Raking leaves (and yes, running and jumping into a pile!) can be a great workout. You’re bound to work up a sweat and get something important done. 

2. Revamp your fall snacks

We tend to associate fall with a lot of sweet things: cider, seasonal coffee drinks, caramel apples, and of course - Halloween candy. Stores are putting out candy for the holiday earlier and earlier each year. So, what’s a good rule of thumb? Avoid candy until Halloween actually rolls around. Having some of your favorite candy in the house can be difficult when you’re trying to stay on track. Instead, buy a bag or two for your local trick-or-treaters and when the time comes, give away all but a few pieces. Then, you can indulge in a healthy balance of sweet treats. 

Fall is also known for get-togethers surrounding big games. Unfortunately, this usually means unhealthy snacks like hot wings, potato chips, and nachos. It’s a good idea to plan your menu ahead of time for these get-togethers. Load up on veggies with dip alternatives (like hummus) or bring your own healthy dish to share. That way, you know there will be a smart option and you can still enjoy the time with your friends. 

3. Take advantage of fall produce 

Hit up your local farmer’s market to check out some of the unique and delicious things offered seasonally. Beets are a nutritional powerhouse and other veggies like kale, butternut squash, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are also abundant this fall season. Seasonal vegetables are a great way to stay on track with your health goals, and eat well while doing it. 

The pumpkin phenomenon began at the start of fall. It becomes popular in drinks, different foods and as decoration, but there is so much more you can do with pumpkin that is extremely beneficial for you. Pumpkins are full of vitamins A and C. Pumpkin seeds provide a healthy crunch and are known to help lower cholesterol. The closer you can get to pumpkin in its purest form, the healthier. 

Although warmer weather is on its way out, there are still plenty of great fall opportunities available to take care of ourselves and try something new for our health. Enjoy the cooler weather of the season and use these three tips to make the most of the fall year after year.

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