Can you believe it’s almost Fall?  Summer ends and Fall begins on September 22nd this year. This means shorter days and crisp evenings requiring cozy sweaters are just around the corner.

What does this mean for your health? Should you make any changes during this time? Here are a few tips to help you make a healthy transition this year.

  1. Keep your sleep schedule. Although we still have a bit more time until we have to face the dreaded time change, our days will be growing increasingly short anyway. Don’t succumb to the urge to go to sleep early because it feels later than it is. Find ways to stay moving later into the evening and avoid that couch.

  2. Be proactive and get your flu shot. The CDC recommends that you get your flu shot in September or October. Now more than ever, help protect yourself and those you love by getting your shot early this year.
  3. Keep those portions in check! Fall is nothing without comfort food. Be strong and limit your portions, and yes that even includes pumpkin spice lattes!
  4. Don’t forget the Vitamin D! With shorter, cooler days you will have less exposure to daylight. Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D in your diet (think salmon, tuna, mushrooms, etc) or find a good, quality supplement.
  5. Don’t stop going outdoors with the end of summer approaching; that fresh air is a necessity! Evening walks or weekend bike rides should still be on your go-to list.
  6. Keep washing your hands. This probably goes without saying, but keeping your hands properly washed with warm soapy water is a key to avoiding those fall germs. And of course, keep plenty of hand sanitizer handy for those times when you can’t wash at a sink.
  7. Summer may be over, but you still need water. Staying properly hydrated will also help keep your skin moisturized with the drier Fall/Winter weather.
  8. Keep practicing social distancing whenever possible. With more people staying indoors as the weather changes, it’s important to continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask where appropriate.