Seasonal changes can be unhealthy for some of us. We tend to become less active and stressed due to the changes in temperature and daylight times as days get shorter. Some of us enter into academic or professional commitments, or have school-going kids to attend to, leaving less time for ourselves.
Statistics show that an average American will consume 200 more calories daily, and exercise less during the fall. There are many biological and evolutionary factors that come into play. As we spend less time outside in the sun, our serotonin secretions and metabolism slow down. As a result, we tend to become depressed and fall sick more easily.
Below we have 5 tips that might help you improve your health and stay away from the unhealthy route.
Going outside has many health benefits. It improves your mood, helps to release anxiety and it helps you get some exercise naturally. Walking outside also boosts your immune system and improves the level of vitamin D in your body. Just put on some warm cloths and walk around the block for at least 30 minutes, and you’ll surely feel better instantly.
2. Drink more water
Water consumption is a common problem during fall and winter which can lead to more health problems. We are not thirsty as often and so, we tend to drink less water during these times. However, water is necessary to keep our immune system healthy and to flush out toxins. So, make sure you stay hydrated!
Drink plenty of water; if you find it hard to drink plain water, try adding lemon, fresh juices or green herbal tea.
3. Regulate your TV time
Be careful of your TV viewing. Fall means football season for many of us, which also means pizza and high calorie beverages. Be careful about sitting in front of your TV all day, it’s not only unhealthy but also depressing. We’d suggest that you stay active by doing short exercise sessions between your TV viewing times.
4. Eat Seasonably
A study shows that Americans eat less fruits and vegetables in the winter and fall compared to summer. The fall season has many healthy seasonal fruits and vegetables to offer. Eating a healthy meal prepared with locally grown seasonal produce ensures a healthy diet full of natural goodness. You may want to visit your local farmers’ market and ask them what is seasonal at this time.
5. Curl up with a good book
You might find it relaxing to curl up with a good book; it’s better than watching TV and it’s like sending your brain to gym. It may also give you a good amount of quality mental rest after you’ve had a good mental workout. Select a book that is uplifting, informative, and most importantly, read about something that you are interested in learning. In today’s world, we are not limited to reading only paper-based books or magazines, but we can easily find eBooks that are written by experts that are inspiring for everyone.
Seasonal changes can be stressful for our physical and mental health. However, these changes shouldn’t stop us from being physically active or healthy. There are many healthy habits, which are both simple and easy to follow, that will help you stay healthy all year round.
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Source: Alternative Health Concepts.