Practical Tips for a Healthy and Motivated Fall

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Welcome the season of mist and mellowness as Keats called it. Say hello to autumn with its short crisp days and multi-hued leaves. The season is the start to a new period in your life and a chance for renewing your good health. Head off for apple picking and enjoy the jack-o-lanterns, but more than that, have a motivating and healthy fall. The onset of autumn marks the coming of fall as the leaves turn and the temperature becomes cooler. Boosting the immune system is essential for maintaining a healthy outcome through fall and winter. Here’s how to stay healthy this fall.

How To Stay Healthy

#1 Eat Well

How To Stay Healthy
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Eating well is all about eating healthy. Make sure you eat plenty of green veggies and antioxidant-rich fruits. This is one of the main sources of vitamins and minerals. The nutrients provide a building block for immunity and cellular integrity across the body. Antioxidants like anthocyanidins, carotenoids like beta-carotene, and nutrients from fruits and veggies serve as a protection for the cells and the immunity. Eat fruits and veggies light steamed or raw.

#2 Stay Hydrated

Drinking water is the key to a healthy fall. White and red blood cells function in an optimal way when the body remains hydrated. H20 ensures that you are able to circulate oxygen and nutrients across the organs through the blood.

#3 Rest Well

Getting plenty of sleep is important too. Research shows that not getting enough sleep can have a big impact on stress. Altered cortisol levels cause immune system problems. So, getting 6-8 hours of sleep every day is critical.

#4 Stick To Summer Routines For Exercising

With the onset of rain and wind, it becomes challenging to work out. But rather than facing the blues, it is easier to exert oneself in cool temperatures. Take walks and burn calories, increasing the blood flow and boost heart and lung health. It also reduces stress. For intense running and other high-intensity exercises, make sure you warm up before working out.

#5 Avoid Piling on Fatty Foods

Avoid Piling on Fatty Foods
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Gaining weight during winter and fall have a lot to do with rich, fatty foods. To avoid the extra pounds, focus on fruits and veggies in dark rich colors and are packed with nutrients and essential vitamins. Don’t go in for processed, sugary or fatty foods.

#6 Improve Your Immunity

During the fall season, the common cold becomes even more common. So do hay fever and allergens. For dealing with this problem, you need a good sleep pattern and 6-8 hours of solid sleep. Persistent stressors can also induce chronic anxiety and lower immunity. Mood enhancing benefits of working out are also there. Sleep shortfalls can also trigger hunger hormones and less activity. So, work to boost your immunity by getting regular sleep.

As temperatures become chillier, flu season erupts. It can lead to serious complications so the best time to get vaccinated is during the fall. Make sure you get your flu shots.

#7 Exercise A Lot

Heart health is not the only reason to exercise regularly. Studies show that moderate and regular exercise fights aging of the brain. All kinds of exercises including swimming, aerobics, weight training, walking, and cycling can boost mind, body, and spirit. We all know how exercise boosts good physical health, but it also works to prevent mental decline. Fighting stress from the body can impact the health of the brain.

#8 Drink Coffee

Morning coffee stimulates the nervous system and the brain. It also lowers chances of mood problems, cavities, headaches, Parkinson’s disorder and diabetes. Coffee is rich in antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid which improves blood sugar metabolism. It also contains magnesium which improves insulin sensitivity and enhances tolerance to blood sugar. Coffee is also calorie-free.

#9 Avoid Holiday Snacks

Christmas, Thanksgiving and holiday season is also a big problem for those who want to lose weight and remain healthy when having holiday snacks. So don’t indulge in rich food during the holiday season. Look for healthier options.

#10 Consume Supplements

Supplements are critical for dealing with deficiencies during the fall period. Most of the vitamin D supply, for example, comes from sun exposure. So coping with less sunshine means Vitamin D to boost the mood and immune system.

Staying Motivated, Remaining Healthy

Staying Motivated, Remaining Healthy
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#1 Feel Good

You need to be with people who make you feel good about yourself. If your friend circle is into chain smoking or overeating, drop them before these habits take a heavy toll on your health.

#2 Acquire a Positive Role Model

It is important to be positive about yourself and have a strong role model. Choose role models that can help you to feel good rather than feeling bad. Find a healthy role model who is real and associated with the renewal of self-confidence.

#3 Identify Your Eating Triggers

It is important to know what makes you susceptible to overeating. Avoid emotional heating by brainstorming healthier ways to cope with mood swings that do not involve ingestion of food. Controlling the environment is important to avoid overeating on rich and heavy calorie foods. Keep your kitchen and fridge stocked with a lot of healthy options, such as low-fat yogurts and a massive amount of fruits and veggies.

#4 Make Daily Transitions

Health-related lifestyle changes are important. Make weight loss strategies and exercise the goal and motivate yourself through healthy eating. Cut down on refined carbs, eat more veggies, drink water and wake up 15 minutes earlier and walk to work.

#5 Don’t Diet and Starve Yourself

The biggest cause of overindulgence is to undereat. If people go without food for long, they really pig out when increasingly hungry. Rigid and strict diets do not work well and it is important to prevent binge eating.

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#6 Sit Less

Making healthy choices involves physical activity. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Go for long walks and spent more time exercising. With an increase in exercise, metabolic rate elevation is prolonged.

#7 Hike and Trek

One of the most rewarding physical activities during the fall is hiking and trekking which becomes easier as the temperature becomes cooler. Enjoy the rich colors of autumn and take in the beauty of the natural trails and treks.

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