Goodbye, long summer days and warm nights. Hello, pumpkin spice and football and the State Fair of Texas. For many of us, fall feels like a fresh start. Even if we don’t have kids back in school, the cooler weather ushers in a renewed motivation for setting goals and evaluating priorities. As you set your intentions for the season, take a look at our healthy living tips you can implement this fall.
Use the fall weather as an opportunity to step outdoors and build an exercise routine into your life. Need fitness inspiration? Mix things up by trying something new like Pilates, ballroom dance, or a mommy and me class. If you don’t have a full hour to dedicate to a fitness class, consider breaking up your workouts into small ten or fifteen-minute increments throughout the day. Do some yoga, take a walk around the block, or do some jumping jacks in your office. Find a friend or office-mate to hold you accountable – or better, workout together! If exercise intimidates you, hire a personal trainer to help.
Eat with Intention
Fall brings holidays high in carbs and sweets (we’re looking at you, Halloween and Thanksgiving!). Instead of indulging, try eating mindfully during the fall season. One of our healthy living tips would be to eat smaller portions, drink more water, limit sugary foods, and take your vitamins. Be mindful of adding high-protein foods in your diet, like beans and chickpeas, for an extra dose of nourishment. Incorporate seasonal squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins in your diet. Not sure what’s in season? Visit your local farmer’s market to find out.
Schedule a Checkup
Ready to jumpstart your health? The new season is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! Just like your kids need back-to-school exams, take a page out of their book and make appointments for yourself. Book an eye exam, make a dental visit and schedule a physical. Get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked. Prioritizing your health is vital.
Use the shorter days as an opportunity to slow your pace. It’s important to prioritize your sleep, which will help boost your energy levels and clarity of thought during the day. To develop a good sleep routine, try going to bed and waking up at the same time every night. Your self-care is important, and sleep is one of the most important gifts you can give to your body. Allow time to wind down in the evenings by sipping a calming tea, taking a bubble bath, or reading a book. Limit your exposure to bright light before bed, and make sure your bedroom is dark at night.
During this flu season, our doctors at Trusted ER – Hillcrest are prepared to handle your health concerns. Stop by one of our convenient locations, or give us a call today!