Now that the sun is rising later and setting earlier, there’s a definite tell-tale chill in the air, making you reach for that sweater. There’s no doubt about it, Autumn is here!
However, a change in the weather, does not mean that the benefits we have enjoyed from the Summer are lost. We can still maintain the four main elements of a healthy lifestyle – to keep active , eat and sleep well, and be mindful of basic hygeine, all of which are easily achievable, despite spending a little more time indoors.
This Autumn keep on walking. It’s a free activity, made more enjoyable by the freedom from the dangers of over exposure to the sun, and the appreciation of Nature’s preparations for the forthcoming Winter. Taking advantage of the season’s activities such as apple picking, harvesting vegetables, or raking the fallen leaves, burns extra calories, ramping up your metabolism, and giving your heart gentle but valuable exercise. In the kitchen take advantage of the great supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, now available, many of which have lowering cholesterol capabilities, Cooking ‘seasonally’ is also the cheapest and healthiest way to feed the family.
Getting an extra hour of sleep when the clocks go back on 27th October is not just a treat for our tired bodies, but it heralds the start of a new set routine – getting back on track by waking up and going to bed at the same time every day promotes healthy sleep.
Finally, share friends, and laughter, not germs and viruses. Check with your GP to see if you are eligible for a free flu jab, but if you find that you are not, it is still worth paying the small fee for this protection. Coughs, colds and sneezes spread infections, so always use tissues to catch and bin germs, and always cleanse your hands. Handbag size hand sanitizers are readily available everywhere.