It’s time to welcome back the short days, crisp air, and colorful leaves of fall. Though the season is beautiful, it does require a bit more of an effort to keep yourself healthy and happy than summertime. When you factor in less daylight and the upcoming seasonal gatherings, it’s easy to feel like there isn’t enough time left in the day for yourself. Autumn is the perfect time to re-evaluate your lifestyle. Here are some healthy habits to fall back into.
Get to Bed Early
Take stock of your sleeping habits. Are you going to bed early enough? A good night’s sleep is proven to be essential for optimal health. Arguably more so than diet, exercise or any other healthy habits. Take care of yourself and get to sleep early. Your body will thank you for it.
Eat More Seasonal Veggies
Fall is all about root and cruciferous vegetables, from beets to carrots to cabbage. Eating this way means you’re getting a ton of fiber, which is linked to heart health and weight loss. And because the food is seasonal, you’re more likely to eat local and get fresher more nutritious veggies.
Walk Every Day
The weather right now is not too hot and it’s not too cold. It’s just right. Take advantage of this rare time by going for walks before the frost kicks in and the snow starts falling. Brisk walks can help lower blood pressure, balance cholesterol levels and lower your risk for diabetes. So put on your walking shoes, activity tracker from Buydig.com and go for a fall stroll!
Have Soup as a Meal
Not only is a broth soup lower in calories than most entrées, it’s also just as filling. Detox soups are a good way to get your diet back on track. Detox soups, ones made with kidney-and-liver-friendly nutrients like broccoli, carrots, avocados and spices, are low in calories, fat, sugar and wheat.
Fall Back into a Fitness Routine
With the end of summer, it’s time to prioritize our physical fitness and get back into our daily healthy habits. Creating little daily habits creates triggers for healthy behaviors. It’s not simply the decision to work out, but rather instigating habits that remind you to workout, that make a difference. Whether that’s setting your alarm early to go for a jog or driving past your gym on the way home, these habits initiate the decision to exercise without even thinking about it.
Take A Hike
Take advantage of the changing colors in nature by going for a hike! The up-and-down gravity challenges of mountains and hills have particular heart benefits, especially for bone building and strengthening muscles. Furthermore, getting out into nature helps combat depression and stress.
Make More Meals at Home
One of the easiest and simplest ways to lose weight without even trying is to simply stop eating out at restaurants and cook your own meals at home. Fall is the perfect time to start planning your meals for a week at a time. Batch cook on weekends and embrace your slow cooker from Buydig.com for those super busy days. It’s much easier to control what you eat by prepping your own food at home.
Fall is a season of new beginnings. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and the leaves are changing — and so can you.