Summer is coming to an end, and with the change in seasons come shorter days and cooler weather. Autumn is here! Who doesn’t enjoy getting comfy inside with a hot beverage and a good book or a movie when it’s cold and rainy outside? But autumn isn’t just the season when we curl up with friends and family and look forward to the holidays. This time when the trees are turning beautiful colours also gives us a good opportunity to improve ourselves.
With the hot summer months behind us, the start of autumn is perfect time to revamp your lifestyle to stay healthy and in shape throughout the winter. Just as nature is changing, autumn can be a great time to start a new diet or detox; a time to focus on self-care and healthy progress. Here are 5 tips on staying healthy in autumn.
One of the best things in autumn is how everything turns beautiful colours. Trees are showing off a myriad of shades of orange, red, and purple. At harvest time, we take delight in many colourful fruits and vegetables with their earthy and vibrant shades.
But the beautiful colours of autumn are not just a delight to look at. Just as nature intended, colourful foods are often also very healthy and nourishing. Charge yourself up with healthy vitamins and minerals from what autumn has to offer! Eat plenty of fresh fruits and boost up your meals with plentiful sides of vegetables. When you eat the colours of autumn, you can boost your immune system and get your diet on track for the upcoming cold months.
We don’t get enough sleep! Research has shown that many people do not get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. This is bad since sleep is very important to physical and mental health and wellness. A lack of sleep can also impact the immune system, making us more susceptible to colds and viruses. Obviously, this can be a problem in autumn during the cold and flu season.
When autumn comes around, you may want to look into changes to your sleep schedule so you can get plenty of rest each night. Just know that not everyone needs the same amount of sleep. But if you feel tired and lack energy during the day, try to add an hour or two to your nightly sleep schedule. It might not seem like much, but this can make a big difference. If for whatever reason you are unable to sleep longer at night and your schedule allows it, you can also consider short naps in the afternoon. These can help you gain sufficient rest while recharging and revitalising your body for the rest of the day.
Of course, we love to be outside in summer. The sunny weather allows us to enjoy all sorts of activities, whether it’s hiking or going for a swim. But this doesn’t mean that the colder season should signal the end to physical activities and the start of couch-potato season. You can simply bring your activities inside! There are many types of exercises that you can enjoy indoors, such as yoga or pilates. And autumn is also the perfect time to join a swimming or dancing class!
Just keep in mind that if you want to stay in shape, you don’t need to go to extremes with exercising. In fact, research has shown that gentle exercises, such as walking, yoga, or stretching are excellent if you want to stay healthy or lose some weight. Just keep exercising regularly and you will keep yourself fit and healthy in autumn!
Vitamin D is an important vitamin that keeps our bones strong, strengthens the immune system, and increases fertility. Vitamin D may even play an important role in the prevention of certain types of cancer. However, the issue is that we get most vitamin D from the sun. When spending more time indoors, vitamin D is often lacking.
If you want to stay healthy during autumn, it can be a good idea to consult with your doctor to have your vitamin D levels checked. This way, you will know whether you should possibly take a vitamin D supplement. This is a very simple routine check that any doctor can do, and you won’t have to wait long for your results.
Perhaps the best way to initiate change to your autumn diet and fitness routine is to go on a detox. Not only will a detox boost your immune system for the chilly months to come, it will also create a solid foundation on which to incorporate other healthy lifestyle changes in the new year.
With the Uzuma DETOX programme, you can give your body the rest and tools it needs to repair itself whilst bringing your system back into balance. Since a detox involves cutting your calorie intake, it’s important to take it easy and not engage in major activities during the cleanse. Autumn is the ideal time for the DETOX programme because you can use the free time you have for rest, relaxation, and reflection. And what time could be better for this than autumn!?