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EC1136-013Temperatures have definitely changed in central Indiana with a much cooler weather pattern. While it’s time for pumpkins, hot chocolate, comfort food and staying indoors more, fall is also the perfect chance to keep the healthy habits you’ve worked so hard to develop.  

1. With the colder weather and shorter days, you may not want or be able to get outside as much. Get creative. Being active helps release the endorphines needed to prevent the winter blues. Outdoor activities for you and the family include raking leaves (or playing in them), going for a long walk and playing football. Indoor activities include adding in extra exercises (such as squats) while doing household chores, finding a fun exercise video and cranking up your favorite jams to shake it to.  

2. During the spring and summer, we tend to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables but turn to comfort foods in the colder months that pack on the pounds. Some great healthy foods to consume during the fall include apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, pomegrantes, pumpkins and many more. Include these fresh options in your daily diet.

3. Focus on sleep. With shorter days, it means there are more dark hours, serving as a perfect time for you to get more sleep. Most doctors recommend getting at least seven hours of sleep a night, which keeps you looking younger and allows you to feel refreshed.

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