10 HEALTHY HABITS TO TRY THIS FALL
Welcome to fall! We hope you are enjoying the beauty and wonder of this enchanting season. And while fall tends to be one of the most anticipated times of the year, it can easily slip right through our fingers if we’re not careful. Before we know it, the holidays will be here and winter will be well underway.
To help you make the most of this fleeting season, we’ve created a list of healthy habits. These habits will give you the energy and motivation you’ll need heading into the winter months.
Try one of the below habits and start making the most of this magical time of year:
1. GET OUTSIDE
Our top fall habit recommendation is to get outside as much as possible. This beautiful weather won’t last long, so soak up the crisp, fall air. Go for daily walks, hike a local trail, or enjoy a cup of coffee outside on the deck. Research shows that being outside is great for your mental and physical health. Make it a priority to get outside on a daily basis.
2. EAT SEASONAL, LOCAL FOOD
Fall is the perfect opportunity to enjoy locally grown food. Visit a farmer’s market and stock up on seasonal vegetables like pumpkin, squash, cabbage, and carrots. Don’t forget to visit a local apple orchard for a fun day of apple picking! And when you’re feeling the first real chill of fall, indulge in a warm beverage like tea, coffee, or hot apple cider.
3. STAY ORGANIZED
Fall can be busy and chaotic for many people. The start of the school year can make you feel hectic and out of sorts. Take some time to get organized and come up with a routine that works for you and your family. Write down your new schedule, utilize your planner and calendar, and make sure you have a strong sense of your priorities.
4. COOK AT HOME
Consider developing the habit of cooking at home. Nothing says fall quite like homemade soup! Take advantage of fresh, seasonal items and cook up some comfort food. There are many crockpot recipes that are perfect for those cool weekday evenings when you’re short on time. Try to incorporate as many healthy foods as possible to help boost your immune system before winter starts.
5. PLAN AHEAD
Are you ready for the winter months? Run through your to-do list and tackle some items before winter rolls around and catches you off guard. Clean out your closet, winterize your home, get your car serviced. Set yourself up for success before the colder weather arrives. Your future self will thank you!
6. GET YOUR FLU SHOT
Develop the habit of going to the doctor annually and getting your flu shot. Research shows that the flu shot goes a long way in helping you stay healthy in the winter. You’ll also want to get in the habit of washing and sanitizing your hands as often as possible.
7. COMMIT TO A NEW EXERCISE ROUTINE
Why wait till the New Year to jump-start your exercise regimen? Do it now while the weather is beautiful, the gym is empty, and you’re feeling the productivity and motivation that tends to come with the fall weather. Head into the holidays feeling energized and confident.
8. PRIORITIZE FUN
Habits shouldn’t all be serious. Sometimes we need to have a little fun! Fall is the perfect time of year to try new things and plan fun activities with your family. Figure out what you want to do this season and then put it on the calendar so it doesn’t fall through the cracks. Some ideas include: carving pumpkins, hosting a Halloween party, breaking out the fire pit, going for a hayride, or taking a family hike.
9. STAY HYDRATED
Drinking enough water is one of the best things you can do for your health. Aim to drink about 2 liters of water per day. Carry a water bottle with you at all times and put one next to your bed at night. You’ll be amazed by how much better you feel when you drink enough water on a regular basis.
Now is the perfect opportunity to develop the habit of prioritizing rest. Chances are, you’re doing a million things and rarely have time for yourself. Make an effort to change that this fall. Experiment with meditation, read a good book, take a bath, detox from your phone, snuggle by the fire. Find something that will make you feel restored and taken care of, and then make it a habit. You will feel better when you are calm and rested.
While fall can be a busy time of year, it’s also a great opportunity to re-evaluate your priorities. By adopting any of the above habits, you’ll feel more energized, productive, and prepared before heading into the winter months.