Healthy Choices to make this Fall

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Fall, Autumn, the Golden time of year. Whatever you call it the season is upon us (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere- happy spring to the Southern ones).

As the change of the seasons occurs, you may be like me and feel a need to grow and improve myself. There are many healthy changes you can make to your lifestyle and home.

Clean Up and Declutter:

We all hear of the need for a Spring Clean but it is a healthy habit to get into a Fall Clean too. Clean carpets and other heavy material goods that need a breeze to dry them. Clean out your fridge and pantry. This gets rid of old produce and makes room for the fall goodies such as gourds, apples and baking goods. Yummy! Clean out your wardrobe. Put away your summer clothes and donate items that no longer fit you. Bring out your winter clothes and make note of pieces you will need for the colder months. Like I realized I needed a new jacket after my own little wardrobe cleanup. Also, make sure to clean up the outside of your homes. If you have any kind of garden, even a balcony one, remember to prepare for the winter. There are some amazing resources out there that can help you be an expert autumn gardener. Just remember to also lookup resources that are set to your area.

Take a hike:

As the leaves fall to the ground and the trees change colour this is truly a beautiful time of year. What better way to enjoy it then by taking a walk. This is the perfect time of year to walk around and get your steps in. It’s not to hot and you don’t have to worry about slipping on ice. Walking is also one of the best exercises you can do. It is low-impact, can improve cardiovascular health, help you lose weight, strengthen bones and improves balance just to name a few.

Eat in-season foods:

Eating in-season foods can be quite an experience. Not only does it have a healthier impact on the environment as the food has travelled less as they tend to be local. But you also learn new recipes and new foods. Take a trip to your local farmers market or any store that stocks local produce and take a gander at what there is to offer. In North America, pumpkins, apples and cinnamon are popular fall foods. I plan to get into baking some desserts and meals using these local grown produce.

Change up your skincare routine:

Your skincare routine should be changed up with every season. With the change in the weather, our skin takes a hit. Cooler weather usually means a drop in humidity so this can bring about dry, flaky skin. Invest in toner and moisturizers for dry skin and don’t forget to wear that sunscreen still. Sunburn can happen any time of year but with the disappearance of warmth, we tend to forget about sun damage. Try to drink more water as it will help keep your skin moist.

Wash your hands:

Fall is kind of notorious for being cold and flu season. It is thought that with the cooler weather, viruses and bacteria tend to live longer. Even if this isn’t the truth people tend to get more sick around this time of year. Save yourself the pain and attempt to keep yourself healthy. One of the best ways to do so is to wash your hands. After every toilet trip, after touching objects in public or when handling food always make sure to wash your hands with soap. While this may seem like an obvious thing to say it is estimated that only 66 percent of people wash their hands after using the bathroom. 5 percent of those who do wash their hands do so properly. Eeuw!

Get involved in the community:

Involvement in the community is one of the best things you can do. Whether that involvement is a small one or a big one, it helps to tick off a lot of needs. Socially speaking, you get to meet new and interesting people. You also feel better by feeling like you are contributing in some way. By getting involved in the community you can take part in improving the place you live in. Find a club or committee that interests you and allow your wonderful self to shine. Being involved in the community can also increase how successful you are in life. After all its not what you know but who you know!

Have any other tips to improve your life this fall than drop us a comment.