It is officially Fall, and that means a new season to conquer! With Fall comes cooler air, the smell of cinnamon and apples, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. All these exciting activities and scents that fill you up are why so many of us say that Autumn is our favorite time of year.
Unfortunately, with the new season, we also see an increase in health problems and a decline in exercise and healthy habits. No need to worry about that, though, because I have created a list of tips to keep you feeling healthy all season long!
As fall rolls around, our days get shorter. The sun starts to rise and set later than in the summer, which can mess with our circadian rhythm. Although the chillier mornings and less amount of sunlight make it hard to pull yourself out from under the covers, it is essential to still rise and rest at the same time each day.
With shorter days also comes less direct sunlight. During the cooler months of the year, we often absorb less Vitamin D. This is problematic because, as most of you may know, Vitamin D affects our bodies and mind functions. Low levels of Vitamin D can make you feel more tired, cause aches and muscle weakness, decrease bone strength, and significantly impact our mental health.
During Autumn, one of the easiest ways to ensure you are still receiving enough Vitamin D is to spend as much time as you can outside during that day and add Vitamin D-rich foods to your diet.
Some examples of foods that have been shown to have prominent levels of Vitamin D are
With the leaves changing, Fall is full of beautiful colors, and the air is fresh, crisp, and cool, which is PERFECT for exercising outside. Choosing to hike, jog, or bike during the Fall are wonderful ways to stay healthy while getting to experience all the lovely elements that fall offers.
Winter will soon approach, so I recommend moving more of your fitness routines outdoors to enjoy the incredible weather.
With the year changing into Fall, we also experience Halloween’s spooky season! This celebration of tricks and treats commonly comes with candy and baked goods! While it is ALWAYS acceptable to enjoy these delicious treats in moderation, limiting the amount of sugar you consume can have significant health benefits.
Did you know that a diet high in sugar will drastically decrease your energy levels? So, if you want to stay energized and continue working towards your fitness and health goals, limit the amount of Halloween candy you eat this year.
As the new season rolls in, continue to be mindful of your daily habits to ensure that you can stay healthy all fall long. Remember to make sure you stay on a steady sleep schedule, maintain your Vitamin D levels, continue to get fresh air and be wary of the amount of unhealthy food you indulge in.
Good luck ladies!!
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