In many parts of the country, fall is the onset of cooler weather, colorful landscapes and festive holidays. Unfortunately, it's also a time when people start coming down with the flu. By living a healthy lifestyle, you can do your part to strengthen your immune system against the flu and other illnesses that come with the change of seasons. Here are a few tips to staying healthy this fall so you can enjoy festive occasions at Beverly Hills Carmel to the full.
Eat Healthy Meals and Treats
Celebrate the fall season with healthy meals and treats. Whether you’re hosting a potluck or cooking for a family reunion, try to incorporate healthy foods such as lean meats, fish, poultry and fresh fruits and vegetables into your menu. Fall harvest yields an abundance of seasonal produce to include broccoli, beets, kale, squash, eggplant, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin, just to name a few. Incorporating fresh fruits and veggies into your meals and snacks will make them more delicious and nutritious.
Pumpkin snacks like pumpkin pie, pancakes, muffins, trail mix, and roasted seeds are sure to be a hit for any festive fall occasion. Pumpkins are rich in vitamins A and C, adding greater nutritional value to your treats. By organizing an evening of baking with your Beverly Hills Carmel neighbors, you can make new friends as you share delicious and nutritious pumpkin snack recipes.
Spend Time Outdoors
Make an effort to get out in the fresh air and sunshine as much as you can. Walk your dog, go for a bike ride or take a stroll around the block with friends. Fresh air, sunshine and exercise will strengthen your immune system to keep you healthier longer. If the weather’s chilly, wear warm clothing to avoid getting too cold. Wearing layers makes it easy to remove clothes once you start warming up from your walk. Schedule your outdoor time at the warmest time of day so you can relax, soak up some sun and enjoy fall scenery before cold weather sets in.
Look Out for Your Health
Protect your health by making lifestyle changes that will benefit you long term. If you smoke, make the decision to stop. If you’re a fast food addict or have a tendency to indulge in sweets, change to a healthier diet to avoid health problems. Wash your hands often and avoid crowded areas where germs can be spread more easily. Staying hydrated can boost immune health to help ward off a cold or flu at this time of year. Talk to your doctor about getting a flu vaccine or taking vitamins to strengthen your immune system.
Your mental and emotional health are also important aspects to consider as you grow older. Participating in seasonal events organized by your local community will keep you from feeling isolated and lonely.
Beverly Hills Carmel offers seniors a stimulating and appealing environment in which to spend their retirement years. To learn more about our independent or assisted living communities, call us at 310-278-9720 today.