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5 Healthy Habits to Follow for the Fall Season

Updated on September 22, 2014

Fall is just around the corner, once again! For all the joy and excitement the season can bring, it's also the time of year when dark skies can bring about gloomy feelings and runny noses can lead to sick days. Break out of the same old rut, and make this season one to remember with helpful ways that will improve your health and continued happiness!

Start holiday shopping.

Don't wait till Black Friday to splurge on the family. Not too much financial thought goes into last minute shopping, and the bill is typically thrown on the credit card where interest can quickly rack up.

Shop a little at a time throughout the months when a little extra cash is available. Even better, include these expenses in the monthly budget and completely disregard the notion of using credit. You'll save in the long run, halt those feelings of financial woes, and find some great finds in the process.

Exercise outside of the gym.

Paige Waehner, exercise guru, suggests working out in the open air. Cool weather, leaves changing color, and the absence of bugs are some of the advantages fall has to offer. Walking, hiking, biking, skating, and running are all great exercises to take part in around the neighborhood and local parks or hiking trails. Incorporate fun fall activities in the exercise routine like picking apples at the local orchard or finding the perfect pumpkin.

Deep clean the house.

Cleaning the home from top to bottom is typically emphasized in spring. However, many allergens are tracked in the home throughout the summer including hair shed from pets and debris trampled in from shoes and clothes. Check lists are great for making sure you get it all clean, for those wanting to make their home ready for the coming season.

Bust out the crock pot.

Meals made in slow cookers not only save on time, but they provide convenient, mouth-watering dishes for the entire family. The smell of stew brewing in the kitchen also brings warm, cozy sensations in the midst of cooler weather.

There are a number of health benefits associated with slow cooker meals. Since meals are prepared at such low temperatures, much of the vitamins and minerals contained in the food items are retained. Also, as the cook, you are in control of the quality of ingredients. Focus on food low in fat and sodium.

The Mayo Clinic reports that chicken soup is a likely remedy for the common cold. The dish helps decrease inflammation and congestion in the body.

Keep in touch.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, better known as SAD, is a form of depression that plagues up to 25% of Americans a year, particularly in the cooler seasons. This behavioral disorder typically presents itself in fall and tampers off in spring. According to Gayle Zieman, PhD, a consultant with Summit Medical Group, people suffering from SAD may experience bouts of withdraw, cravings for certain foods resulting in weight gain, excessive tiredness, and low libido.

Although it is unclear what specifically brings about these atypical behaviors, medical experts theorize that there is a possible connection with the brain, hormonal balance, and sunlight. In any case, treatments include, among others, daily sunlight exposure, connecting regularly with family and friends, and engaging in fun activities.

What healthy habit do you practice during the fall season?

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great hub ;full of wonderful ideas that we may all feel the benefit of. Here's to so many more by you natnat.