Wow! Can you believe it’s almost the end of another year? I know I’ve said it before but I’m going to write it again – where did the year go? You know the holidays are not far behind.
At this time of year, kids are back in school and it seems like the everyone comes down with some type of “yuck”. Whether it’s a cold or the flu, below are a few healthy living fall tips for fall that can help you possibly avoid the latest bug and may also help with weight loss.
Healthy Living Fall Tips
- Wash your hands and teach kids to do the same thing both at home or at school. The common cold is extremely contagious and the most common way it is spread? By our hands. Little ones especially tend to rub their noses when they have a cold then in the next step, touch tables, chairs, toys and pretty much everything as they walk by. Teaching your family the importance of washing their hands is a great preventive measure as it removes the cold virus from your hands.
- Unfortunately this is also the time of year that we tend to gain weight. Especially as we head into the holidays starting with Halloween and all the treats. We do tend to eat a bit healthier during summer with fruits and vegetables from the garden that we look forward to all year long. Fall has us wanting to burrow down and hibernate a bit which lends us to being more inactive. If you want to avoid seasonal weight gain, you need to stay active and continue eating those healthy fruits and vegetables as you do in the summer. For activity, stick to your summer exercise routine. Bored? Try something new. Take a new class at the gym or get your friends together a few times a week to walk. For your nutrition, think of the beautiful fall colors you now see in the grocery produce section from crisp apples to pumpkins and squash and try new recipes. In other words, get up and get moving.
- Keep your stress in check. Not only is school back in session, but most of the after school activities are also. From Friday night football to dance class to karate lessons, our over-scheduled lives can be pretty darn stressful. First, sit down and really take a look at where your time is going. Are there activities you can eliminate or reschedule to another day to free up a night during the week? Ask your children if they are enjoying the activities you’re running them all over town to take. You might be surprised by the answer you get. Even one night a week to simply relax after work and school will be extremely beneficial to your family.
- Get enough sleep. Fall’s more demanding schedule often has us all skimping on our zzzz’s. School age kids need a minimum of 8 to 10 hours sleep each night. While sleep needs vary for each person, it’s recommended that adults get 7 to 9 hours sleep each night. Count back 8 hours from when you have to get up in the morning, turn the TV off and get some rest. Your whole family will feel much better when you do. Another thing to consider is those that do not get a good night’s rest tend to deal with belly weight gain. None of us want that.
A few simple tips to help your family have a wonderful, healthy fall along with keeping you on track with your healthy living weight loss journey.