November 10 2017
The crisp air and turning of the leaves mark the beginning of another fall in Michigan. The season of pumpkins and football, it’s a great time to utilize your career’s flexible hours, get outdoors, and begin practicing healthy living. Consider implementing these tips throughout the season to live your healthiest fall yet!
• Get Outdoors – Fall offers great opportunities to increase the amount of physical activity you do. An activity as simple as raking leaves for half an hour can burn 50 calories. Apple picking, pumpkin picking, and hiking are also great ways to enjoy the outdoors this fall. Additionally, being outdoors increases your vitamin D levels, which can make you happier and improve your concentration levels.
• Observe the Changing Colors Around You – Getting outdoors and soaking in the vivid colors can stimulate your medial orbitofrontal cortex, a portion of the brain that is linked to your thinking functions and relaxation responses. Take advantage of a property management career’s flexible hours to enjoy Mother Nature.
• Enjoy the Sun While You Still Can – Days get shorter in the fall, which means you’ll have less opportunity to soak in the sun - especially if you do not have flexible hours, work inside all day. A lack of sun exposure can have serious effects on your health. Seasonal affective disorder can cause depression, especially when accompanied with a decrease in serotonin, otherwise known as the happiness hormone.
• Sleep with the Windows Open – When sleeping in cooler temperatures, your body increases its stores of “brown fat,” which burns calories and help your body rid itself of excess blood sugar. You’ll discover that the fresh air will be more relaxing than the humid room you’ve slept in all summer. You should also try to get on a sleep schedule routine, sleeping approximately eight hours each night. Waking earlier in the day can allow you to enjoy the sun and spark an earlier release of melatonin, which will lead to better sleep.
• Take Advantage of Pumpkins – Pumpkins aren’t just meant for carving! Pumpkin is rich in vitamins A and C, while the seeds are packed with phytosterols, which can help lower cholesterol. From pumpkin spread to roasted pepitas, you should be able to find enough recipes to last the entire season. Beets, brussels sprouts, and broccoli are also in-season this time of year.
• Avoid Candy – One of the toughest battles you’ll face during the fall, overindulging in candy will quickly ruin your attempts at healthy living. If you are going to enjoy some candy, set a limit for yourself, and don’t let yourself exceed that limit! Also, keep the candy out of your home until you absolutely need it. This will help reduce your temptations to break into it before Halloween.
• Receive Your Flu Shot – The vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• Boost Your Immune System – The flu isn’t the only worry you’ll have this fall when it comes to disease and sickness. Drinking abundant amounts of water will boost your immune system, which will help fight sickness. Sources of vitamin C, such as oranges, will also keep your immune levels elevated.