We’re officially into September now, and autumn is just a few weeks away. It’s the season of cooling temperatures, beautiful colors, and pumpkin spice everything. Unfortunately, it’s also cold and flu season. In the interest of starting strong and staying healthy all the way through, here are a few simple tips for fall wellness.
It’s not an issue quite yet, but cooler weather and fewer hours of daylight can make it difficult to stick to fitness. Pair that with less vitamin D – the “sunshine vitamin” – and the stress of managing work and family in addition to planning for upcoming holidays, and it’s easy to see how we become more susceptible to catching a cold. Do your best to follow your fitness routine, or try breaking things up into smaller, more manageable sessions throughout the day – some exercises in the morning, a brisk walk at lunch, and some much-needed stretching before bed.
Fall is a season of varied produce, so take advantage of seasonal farmer’s markets to stock up on seasonal goodies like fresh apples, grapes, cranberries, pears, persimmons, chard, mustard greens, spinach, and kale. Experiment with recipes that feature winter squash and sweet potatoes for delicious, hearty meals that will keep you healthy and satisfied.
Staying healthy isn’t always easy, but there a few best practices to follow:
- Wash your hands before you eat and after being outside your home.
- If you cough or sneeze, shield your nose and mouth in the crook of your elbow.
- Keep your immune system strong by keeping plenty of quality sleep and eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
- Stay hydrated.
- Practice mindfulness to keep stress levels low.
REMEMBER, DR. MCSWEENEY IS HERE IF YOU NEED HER!
Regular visits to the chiropractor can help maintain a healthy immune system, and Dr. Lynelle McSweeney in Reno is here if you need her. Fall is also the season of yard work as people rake leaves and tidy beds in preparation for winter. If you start feeling sluggish, notice persistent pain in your spine, neck, or hips, a visit to the chiropractor may be just what you need. Prioritizing healthy habits now, when the weather is still warm and we’re getting back into the swing of things with school and work, is a great way to navigate the changes just ahead.