With the weather getting cooler, there are a few things you need to change in your lifestyle to stay healthy. As the days get cooler, you will be spending more time indoors. You will also have to dress with warmer clothes, during the morning and afternoon hours especially. There are also many healthy habits that you and your family need to follow to stay safe and healthy this fall.
Fall is the start of the flu season, so take steps to prevent illnesses for you and your children. Get more involved with your children’s activities to keep them safe and healthy. Here are some of the most valuable health tips for you and your family for the fall.
Tip # 1: Take steps to avoid the flu
- Get the flu vaccine: There are flu vaccinations available to protect you from the flu, which you should get each year, during the fall season.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze: Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze will prevent the flu virus from spreading through the air and through contact. Wash your hands and also encourage your children to wash their hands every time they come home from school, from playgrounds, or before they eat.
- Get hydrated:Drink plenty of liquid and chicken soup to keep your nasal congestion away, and your throat moist.
- Get plenty of rest: Avoid over-exerting yourself if you feel that you are getting a flu infection.
- Eat healthy: Eating foods that naturally boost your immune system will allow you to stay healthy and fight disease more easily.
Tip # 2 Prevent allergies
Fall is also the season of outdoor allergies. As fallen leaves and wood pile up, allergies can be a major concern. To stay away from allergies, follow the tips below.
- Avoid being outside in the morning: Morning is the time for peak pollen dispersal. Pollen is known to cause allergies and cold symptoms.
- Stay away from Ragweed pollen:Ragweed pollen is responsible for causing more than half the allergic reactions in humans. Stay away from fields where ragweed grows.
- Shower as soon as you come home: Taking a shower and washing your hair as soon as you come home from outside activities will prevent many diseases and allergies.
- Get rid of dust: Dust particles can cause irritation and allergies. Get your house, car, and office free from dust. Keep windows and doors shut to keep allergens out.
- Get medication: Ask your pharmacist about a good over-the-counter allergy relief medication.
Tip #3 Eat healthy
You will find that the fall season gives you a whole lot of different choices of fresh produce. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables from your local grocery store or farmers market.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits: Get plenty of fresh fruits like apples, pears, and grapes, which have high amounts of antioxidants in them that boost your immune system.
- Green vegetables: Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, kale, broccoli, beets, and squashes are full of vitamins, and are excellent for fresh fall dinners.
- Cozy dinner: Savor the flavors of chicken soup, sausage bread, macaroni and cheese, which can make tasty cozy fall dinners.
- Start your day with a hot breakfast: Cereal and cold milk might have been a good breakfast during the summer, but a hot breakfast with oatmeal will definitely keep you warm.
Tip # 4 Prepare for the cold weather
Cold weather can cause health issues if you do not prepare yourself for the falling temperatures. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to cold weather.
- Prepare your home: Seal up all the doors and windows. Change filters and service your heating system. An energy efficient heating system and better insulation will not only save you from the bad weather, but also help you to reduce your energy bills. Make sure you have good air circulation throughout your house. Clean your gutters to allow snow melt water to flow off your roof.
- Get warm cloths: Dressing appropriately for the cold season will keep you healthy and safe from cold-related diseases.
- Get your blankets out: Extra blankets can be handy during a bad snowstorm.
Tip # 5 Exercise
Fall and winter times are often difficult seasons for some people to get enough physical exercise. If you are having a hard time getting your workout done in the fall, you might be having trouble with time adjustments. However, fall is excellent for getting out to rake leaves or getting into physical activities such as playing football. Get into a regular exercise routine, and it will keep you healthy during fall and winter.
- Join a gym: joining a gym will make sure that you are getting enough physical exercise regularly. Your trainer knows how to design a workout routine suited just for you.
- Stay active: Jogging and cycling are great ways to get your exercise during the fall season. It is also the best time of year to get an hour of jogging, running or biking done. During the winter, you may not have the opportunity to do these activities.
These are some important tips for staying well in the cold seasons of fall and winter. Hope you have found these tips helpful. We will be giving you more tips in our later blogs, so keep reading.
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Source: Nourish the Planet