08 November . 2018
4 Tips to Keep You Healthy This Fall
Fall is the perfect time to set new intentions for self-care, begin a new wellness routine or revamp old practices. The holidays will be here before you know it and prioritizing how you care for yourself and your family will help you feel replenished and renewed.
Start Taking a Vitamin D Supplement. We get most of our Vitamin D from the sun, so naturally our intake decreases in cooler months from spending more time indoors. Vitamin D increases fertility, keeps our bones strong and supports the immune system. If you’re the type of person who prefers staying indoors, in front of a cozy fire, a Vitamin D supplement can boost your mood and immune system!
Spend Time Outside. Fall is one of the best times of the year for outdoor exercise and play in the Pacific Northwest. The summer heat has dissipated; the air is crisp; leaves are transforming into canopies of orange, gold, and red and feel satisfyingly crunchy under your feet. The moderate temperature is a gift before the PNW rain is upon us! What better season to throw on a beanie and head outside?
Nourish Your Body with Seasonal Food. During this season, the body instinctively gravitates toward warm meals, earthier foods, rich scents and rich colors. Stop by your local farmer’s market for tasty seasonal produce. Choosing locally grown foods will give you and your family the most nutritional boost since the time between picking and eating is shorter. Fall favorites such as apples, broccoli, beets and squash are healthy and delicious compliments to a meal or snack that will fuel your body. Cabbage, eggplant, kale, pumpkin, broths, and sauteed dark leafy greens are all great choices. Freeze what you can’t eat right away so that your family can enjoy them throughout the winter. Set aside a few hours each weekend to prepare some of your favorite foods for the week. This is a great way to take care of yourself and your loved ones, align with the inward energy of the season and bonus, you’ll have food to bring to work, or the kids to take for lunch for most of the week!
Get Plenty of Rest. Do you need an excuse to linger longer under the covers this fall? Sleep is essential to keeping us grounded, happy and healthy. Ideally adults should get 8-10 hours of sleep per night regardless of the season and may even need more during colder months. Experiment with your sleep over the next few weeks and see what works best for you. It’s important to honor the fact that we all have different needs. Naps are also a great way to build some rest into your schedule. Bottom line, try to get as much rest as possible to replenish and renew yourself this season.
Healthy habits are easy to make at Tehaleh! Our community has 20+ miles of nature trails, 11 parks, and more than 1,800 acres of open space to explore. Stop by our Visitor Headquarters, The Post, to learn how you can make nature a part of your daily life.
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