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Seven Ways to “Fall” for Wellness

Oct-04-2017

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Summer may think it’s everyone’s favorite season, but for many of us, fall has it goin’ on! If you’re not a fan of the heat, can’t wait for pumpkin spice-flavored everything, and prefer sweaters to tanks tops—hey there, fall! Where’ve you been these past few months?


Plus—if you’ve spent the summer (like many of us!) indulging in sweet treats at fairs and festivals, or took lots of time to lounge—you may be looking forward to a new season for a fresh new start.


Seven ways to celebrate your health this fall


Bring on the crisp air, colorful leaves and these seven ways to be your very best, healthiest self:


1) Spend time outside. Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors without the heat of summer or the chill of winter. By catching a few rays before the deep freeze of wintertime, you can boost your vitamin D levels. Plus, being out in the fresh air can help you clear your head and improve your mood. Walk, bike, hike or run—the choice is yours!


2) Get creative. Why not let autumn’s colorful palette inspire your creative side? You don’t have to be a professional artist to snap or paint a picture of the beautiful outdoors that surround you. You might even consider taking an art class if you’re feeling shy about your skills. Allowing yourself to be creative can also improve your concentration overall—helping you to zoom in more fully at work, for example, or at home.


3) Just say yes to a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a flu shot as the single best way to stay healthy during flu season. Getting your flu shot is an easy way to be sure you don’t miss a single second of fun this fall and winter!


4) Hydrate. Another great way to prevent flu and colds is through good hydration. Getting enough fluids each day helps to strengthen your immune system and prevent feelings of sluggishness. One way to stay hydrated is by keeping a water bottle with you, and taking sips regularly throughout the day.


5) Volunteer. Many people pack their summers full of activities, but find they have more free time in the fall—which is why it’s a perfect opportunity to volunteer. With the holidays approaching, many organizations are in need of food items and warm clothing donations for those in need. Plus, soup kitchens and food pantries often recruit volunteers to serve holiday meals. Finding volunteer options is as easy as a Google search of your community. How will you give back this fall?


6) De-clutter your surroundings. Shorter days? No problem! You can take advantage of evenings indoors by finally tackling that home project you’ve been putting off. Sift through your closets and cupboards, and donate items you no longer need. Then, breathe easier in a more organized environment.


7) Enjoy seasonal favorites. Apples, pumpkins and pumpkin seeds, squash, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and eggplant are all in season during the fall. You’re sure to be greeted by these colorful foods in your local produce section. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always visit a fall farmers’ market, or roadside fruit and veggie stand. You can even travel to pick your own at a local farm or orchard.


Try just a few or all seven


No matter which wellness tips you choose, you’ll be that much closer to healthier you this fall—in mind, body or spirit!