Want to hang onto that summer holiday feeling just a little longer? With chilly mornings and shorter days, add a few simple things to your daily routine to help keep you happy, healthy and fit this autumn.
Eat more fruit and veg
Give your immune system a boost for winter by eating more seasonal fruit and veg. The more vibrant and colourful your foods are the more nourishing they will be, helping to fight off the dreaded coughs and colds. Bright oranges, deep reds and dark green foods such as sweet potato, kale, brussel sprouts, beetroot, blackberries, figs and apples are all super winter food and great in soups and smoothies.
Too cold to get off the sofa and go for a run or make it to the gym? Keeping moving in the winter months is one of the best ways to beat the winter blues and help combat the negative effects of stress. Physical activity releases endorphins that make you feel good, help keep your heart healthy and can help you maintain a more positive outlook on things. Find a form of exercise you enjoy, do it with friends and have fun.
Laughter really can be the best medicine. Not only does laughter provide you with a workout to tighten your stomach and strengthen your heart, regular laughing may boost your immune system. Get together with friends who make you laugh, watch funny clips of animals on YouTube or just start laughing. Laugh out loud at least once a day.
Singing is good for you. Along with exercise and laughter singing releases feel good endorphins, lowering stress and anxiety and it can help develop your core muscles, and improve your breathing. So go on, sing in the shower, sing along to your favourite songs, or join your local choir.
Take a break
After all that exercise and having fun it is also important to find time to relax and have a break. Not only is it important to take regular breaks whilst at work and on the go, it is important to schedule some proper downtime for yourself (that means unplugging, so no phones, laptops or TV). Book time in your diary for yourself. Read a good book, have a massage, or catch up with friends.