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Mandy Kloppers

5 Great Ways to Improve Your Health This Fall

Even if you didn’t manage to achieve a “bikini body” for the summertime, autumn is an excellent time of the year to improve your health. Perhaps you want to boost your immunity in order to fight off germs when cold and influenza season arrives. Maybe you want to look your best for holiday gatherings with your family, or it’s possible that you just want to get healthy for yourself. Use these five tips to improve your health this fall.

Take a Multivitamin

The best multivitamin for women isn’t the same one that kids take or that is marketed for men. Women need more vitamin D than men do, especially if a woman could become pregnant. Women who have reached menopause also need more vitamin D and calcium in order to maintain bone strength. Women who are between the ages of 15 and 50 often need more iron. That’s because some iron is lost during each menstrual cycle, especially if a woman has heavy bleeding. Look for a women’s multivitamin that includes at least 50% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin D, calcium, and folate. Also look for multivitamins that have plenty of B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E for healthy skin, energy, and strong immune system functions.

Practice Stress Reduction Techniques

According to Rush Medical System, autumn is a good time of the year to start practicing stress reduction techniques if you don’t already have this as a daily routine. You could try meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation. Get a nice notebook, and use it as a journal. If thoughts keep you awake at night, write them down on paper. Write your worries out, and get them off your shoulders. You’ll be able to sleep better without these thoughts on your mind.

Eat Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

You can get healthy and save money by eating some of the bounties of fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season in the fall. Apples are probably the best-known fall fruit and for many good reasons. They come in an array of varieties, with different textures, tastes, and flavors. If you like tart apples, try Granny Smith. If you prefer crisp and juicy, try a pink lady apple. For a slicing apple, red or golden delicious are good choices. You could also bake apple tarts, crisps or pies. Pumpkins are another type of fall produce to enjoy. While most people think of pumpkin pie, which is full of sugar and carbohydrates, you could roast and eat the pumpkin seeds for protein. Pureed pumpkin paired with a dash of pumpkin pie spice, a shake of sugar, one cup of milk, and one cup of ice cubes makes a great smoothie. You could also learn how to make your own low-calorie and low-fat pumpkin lattes at home for a fraction of the price of what you’d pay at the coffee shop.

Go on a Long Walk

Warm, sunny days and crisp mornings and evenings make autumn the ideal time of the year to go for a walk. Pick a park with paved trails that are surrounded by trees. Spend a whole day enjoying the changing colors of the leaves. If you visit a park that has a creek, river, pond, or lake, you may also see some migratory birds on their way south for the winter. Going on a walk outdoors is good for your mental and physical health. Your mood will improve, and you’ll get some of the physical fitness your body needs for bone and muscle strength.

Get Active By Doing Yard Work and House Cleaning

While house cleaning might not sound like a way to improve your health, it can. Fall is a good time to deep clean your home. Shampoo carpets and upholstery in order to remove pollen. Change your air conditioner’s filter. Have your furnace or heat pump serviced. Check the carbon monoxide and smoke alarms. Wash the summer linens and air out the warmer blankets. When the leaves start to fall, raking them is excellent exercise.

It’s never too late to improve your health. The milder weather of fall makes it a great time for outdoor activities. You can nourish your body and soul during these months of the year.

 

 

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