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Tips For Living A Healthy Lifestyle This Fall

Tips For Living A Healthy Lifestyle This FallIs there anything better than fall in Michigan? The leaves begin to turn. Pumpkin is added to recipes. Football games and tailgates fill every weekend. But with all those great activities, it’s easy to lose track of the healthy lifestyle you’re trying to maintain. Consider these tips for living a healthy lifestyle over the next few months. 

 

  • Use the Seasonal Produce for Your Benefit – Pumpkin is known for its use in tasty treats and desserts, but it’s actually an extremely healthy fruit. Pumpkin is packed with vitamins A and C. The seeds, which can be roasted, can help lower cholesterol levels. Instead of using pumpkin in pies and breads, consider using it in smoothies or hummus. Beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, eggplant, and squash are all vegetables that are abundant during the fall season. 
     
  • Don’t Let Halloween Bring You Down – The sugar and sweets that are synonymous with Halloween can be troublesome and can ruin any progress you’re making toward living a healthy lifestyle. Having candy in your apartment for trick-or-treaters is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer as well. Only buy enough candy for the kids, and don’t have any extras leftover in your apartment. Don’t buy your candy until the last minute, so that it’s not sitting around your apartment as temptation. If you are going to cheat, set a limit for yourself, and stick to it. 
     
  • Don’t Let Thanksgiving Bring You Down, Either – Although it’s hard, portion control is very important during the Thanksgiving holiday. Try to have more protein, like turkey, than carbohydrates, like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Before refilling your plate, sit for 15 minutes. This can help you feel full and prevent overeating.  
     
  • Avoid Sickness and Disease – As the temperature dips, the spread of the common cold rises. You should keep hydrated and get plenty of vitamin C to keep your immune system at healthy levels to fight against disease and viruses. Be sure to wash your hands frequently. You should also get a flu shot. The shot will last the entire year, and it’s better to get it now than before the winter rush. 
     
  • Take Advantage of the Outdoors – You should enjoy the crisp, cool air while you have the chance to. Harvard Medical School reports that spending time outdoors makes you happier, improves your concentration, and increases your vitamin D levels. Look up hiking trails or parks nearby, as the outdoors grants the opportunity for fun workouts. A mere 30 minutes of moderate workouts can burn a few hundred calories. Even something as simple as raking leaves or gardening can burn calories and promote a healthy lifestyle.  If you have a dog, be sure to take them along as well! 
     
  • Clean Your Apartment – Living a healthy lifestyle entails both physical and mental aspects. Giving your apartment a thorough cleaning can provide great mental uplifting. Clean corners that you haven’t touched lately. Move furniture. Get rid of things to reduce clutter. Open your windows to get cool, fresh air flowing through your apartment.