Summer is coming to a close, which means that you can pack that swimsuit away and look forward to the tasty holiday meals coming up. While autumn will bring along a much more welcomed cooler temperature, it also tends to bring along some bad health habits. Don’t let yourself become guilty of one of these fall unhealthy habits.
- Overeating. Now that the weather will start to cool down it is much easier to increase the carbohydrates and calories, while decreasing exercise. Stay away from overeating as much as possible, especially since there are so many holiday events approaching quickly. Instead, stick with counting calories until January, and fill up on vegetable soup or broth before eating your main meal.
- Becoming a Couch Potato. Now that the sunny days are gone, you may not want to spend as much time outside. Don’t let the cold weather drive you to the couch though! Instead, look for ways to remain active no matter what the weather is like. An easy way to do this is to put a treadmill or elliptical in front of the television. This way, if you want to watch your favorite shows, you have to work while you do so.
- Skimping on the Fruits and Vegetables. It is sad to say goodbye to all of the delicious summer berries and produce. However, there are still so many more delicious fruits and vegetables in season. Enjoy apples, squash, cauliflower and dark greens, all of which are in season right now and very healthy for you. Can’t stand the taste of fall veggies? Try hiding them in soup or roasting them for a delicious flavor.
- Staying Indoors All of the Time. Just because it isn’t tanning weather doesn’t mean you should avoid the outside all together. You still need to get at least 30 minutes of sunlight time in a day to keep your vitamin D levels up. Those with low vitamin D levels were more likely to feel fatigued and depressed during the fall and winter months. Try going for a walk when the sun is at its peak, as well as getting natural sources of vitamin D in your diet.
- Too Much Drinking. With all of the holidays and parties coming up, it can be easy to overdo it on the alcohol. While one or two drinks may be okay, it is best to steer clear from them as much as possible. Alcohol packs on empty calories, messes with hormones levels, spikes your blood pressure, and can even promote feelings of depression. Drinking excessively alongside overeating will have you feeling drained and unhealthy by the time the New Year rolls around.
Don’t let yourself fall into one of these bad fall habits. Make use of tracking tools and daily motivation to help you come out of the fall and winter months healthier than ever. Stay tuned for some more bad fall health habits to be aware of next week.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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