6 Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During The Changing of Seasons
The end of 2016 is upon us. Did I make you nervous just now? Yes, time flies, as they say! Where did the year go? Between our to-do lists, jobs, friends and families, it’s easy to lose sight of seasonal changes. We celebrate spring with the rebirth of trees and flowers, head to the beach or hike mountains in the summer, go apple picking in fall, and perhaps sit with a good book by a fire in the winter.
We often don’t recognize how changing seasons affect us physically and emotionally. These changes impact how we care for our bodies. Food cravings change from light fare to comfort food. Exercise may go from outdoors to indoors, or we may stop altogether. Changing seasons also affects us emotionally; Spring/Summer we’re outside more and absorbing Vitamin D from the sun. In the Fall/Winter, we often choose indoor activities. Each has a different impact on our body, thoughts and feelings.
For parents, fall is getting back into a school routine. In business, fourth quarter fiscal goals increase work intensity. Don’t forget about the upcoming holidays: all the food and parties. It’s easy to lose sight of taking care of your health this time of year. The challenge becomes staying the course in your health and wellness commitment. Here are 6 Easy Ways to Change with the Seasons:
- Apple Cider Vinegar: I wrote about the benefits of ACV here, it alkalizes your body, jumpstarts your digestion which kick starts your metabolism to burn more calories. Winner!
- Workout: Never underestimate the value of moving your body. Run and walk outside until it’s too cold for you. Sign up for indoor routines, go skiing… We’re not bears; our bodies aren’t meant to hibernate!
- Fiber & Protein: Look at alternate sources like beans and lentils. These are both powerhouses of fiber and protein. Enjoy as side dishes, in soups and stews. They’re an inexpensive and they’re comforting!
- Fall Veggies: Butternut squash, cauliflower, pumpkin, kale, brussels sprouts, and cabbage are a few favorites. Enjoy them during their peak growing season when they’re most affordable, nutritious and at their best flavor.
- Stay Hydrated: Hydration is important all year long. Dehydration stresses the body’s natural functions which in turn will stress you out. Add lemon for additional benefits like Vitamin C to boost your immune system and keep your digestion functioning properly.
- Sleep: Your body works really hard while you sleep. It boosts your immune system, repairs damaged cells, recharges your cardiovascular system, aids in stress management, and helps you recover from your day’s activities.
With these steps, you’ll stress less and it will be easier to manage your weight during this holiday food season. Watch for an email to help you jumpstart the holidays with healthy eating!