Fall Fitness: Tips for Staying Healthy During the Autumn Season

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The leaves are beginning to fall, and along with thoughts of football, hoodies, and nights by the bonfire, comes the chillier temperatures. With those chilly temperatures comes the very real possibility of colds, the flu, and depression. While people already know that taking care of yourself is mandatory, no matter what season it is, it’s important to work hard to stay healthy during the fall of the year, so the winter sniffles don’t get you as well. 

Because everyone knows that between the chilly weather and the upcoming hustle and bustle of holiday plans, it’s easy to start feeling under the weather and just as easy to try to ignore it until it’s too late. There are quite a few sicknesses that flourish well during the fall of the year, but if you stay healthy, you can possibly avoid the majority of them. How you might ask? Read on below to find out. 

Fight Off Depression

One of the worst things about the fall season for many people is the fact that the days are shorter, which can lead to seasonal depression. If you already have issues with severe depression, then the fall of the year can be tough to get through. It’s important that if you start feeling overly depressed, you contact a reputable doctor for depression treatment right away. 

Consider Getting Your Flu Shot 

The debate over whether the flu vaccine prevents the flu or just makes it worse continues to rage, as it has for quite a few years now. It’s worth noting at this point, however, that the flu shot isn’t effective for everyone. You should talk to your primary health care provider before determining whether the vaccine is right for you. It is something to consider, but not without the approval of your doctor first. 

Add Autumn Harvest Vegetables to the Table 

Eating the fruits and veggies that are in season is never a bad idea. Carrots and sweet potatoes, which are fall foods, are full of antioxidants and help to support your immune system, so you should have plenty of those on the dinner table for you and your family. Other autumn harvest foods you might want to consider adding to your diet are brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, winter squash, and even tomatoes. Red, green, orange, and yellow bell peppers are full of vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy this upcoming fall season as well. 

Stock up on Soups

Of course, you’ve heard all of your life from your mother and grandmother that soup is the best thing for you when you’re sick. They might just be right, but eating homemade or even canned soup can help to boost your immune system as well. The salty broth of the soup actually helps to thin out mucus when you have a cold, just like cold medicine does, but it’s all-natural instead. 

Take a Walk in the Autumn Air

There is nothing like a brisk walk in the autumn air to help you not only boost your immune system but clear your mind as well. As the temperatures start to plummet, most people don’t get out and get the exercise they need the way they did during the summer. Taking a short walk before or after dinner can help you stay healthy both physically and mentally as well. 

These are just a few of the ways that you can stay healthy during the fall season, and leading into winter as well. Fall is a wonderful time of scents and chilly nights, you want to be able to enjoy them without being sick, following these tips will help with that.