Fall into healthy habits

October marks the beginning of fall and for some, it can mean the beginning of the end for health conscious routines. Avoid falling off the wagon with these 5 tips to stay healthy and active as the weather changes.   

Keep drinking water.

During summer months, a rise in temperature and sweat production can make you more conscious of dehydration and can increase water intake. It’s important to remember that, just because the temperature drops, doesn’t mean your water consumption should follow. On average, you should consume at least 64 ounces of water per day and more as your workouts increase.   

Wear proper workout attire.

Your skin is one of your body’s most important organs, as it protects you from all external elements like high wind, extreme cold and pathogens. As temperatures drop, exercise in layers to protect your skin. Even during cold-weather months, you should continue wearing sunscreen.  The sun is always out; don’t forget to protect yourself from UV rays. 

Increase veggie consumption.

Fall also ushers in the season of comfort foods. To help ward off eating excessive calories, educate yourself on low-carb meal options like soups that include vegetables instead of noodles. When planning meals, in addition to your entrées, focus on incorporating more veggies, beans and legumes instead of rice and pastas. Stick to seasonal fruits and veggies like pumpkins, brussel sprouts and apples. They’re in season and more likely to taste better. You should always keep portion control in mind. Everything – even your favorite holiday comfort foods – are good in moderation.

Plan your fall workout.

It’s never a bad idea to include workouts in some of your favorite fall activities. Look for opportunities to turn chores like playing outside with your pets, raking leaves and gardening into workouts. You can include the entire family! And don’t forget about football. Don’t just watch it on television. Gather the family, and organize a game of flag football.

Did you know the average pumpkin weighs between 12 and 18 pounds, making them great weights? Before you carve them, get a fun workout in using them, and try “Pumpkin Lifting.” 

Get your flu shot.

Flu shots are the single most effective step you can take to help prevent getting the flu. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. But good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Check out the CDC’s list of Good Health Habits to Help Stop Germs for more information.