It's time to get back into the swing of things. Summer is over, fall is here and with it the return to some order and structure. Try these tips from Dr. Allana Polo for making this your healthiest fall yet.
Try to get in the habit of going to bed
at the same time each night, and always waking at the same time each morning. It may feel great to sleep in on weekends, but it will be far easier to wake at an early hour if that is what your body always expects.
Make time for meal and snack planning, and get into the habit of shopping once a week, cutting and preparing foods in advance. Always leave the house
with a little something in your purse, to curb hunger on the road which can lead to bad choices. Try a menu board in the kitchen and stick to it! Having a plan for what you will eat saves you from stressing over what's for dinner. Always having the right ingredients on hand will help you stick with healthy eating, even when you are tired and would rather order out.
Love to eat out? Don't deprive yourself, but rather set this date in advance so it is a choice and not an impulse.
Take advantage of starting into a routine again to create some new habits. Rather than always turning to television, if this is you, to unwind at night, try taking in some new hobbies and interests. Create a lovely before-bed ritual of a hot bath, soothing tea and a few chapters of a really good book. Try relaxing Yin style yoga to prepare the body for sleep, and keep a journal beside your bed so you can "download" all of those clutter-thoughts that keep you awake at night.
Many new classes are starting up at your local gym and rec-centre. Fall is a great time to try a new activity. The secret to committing to regular physical activtiy
is finding the sport or class that you absolutely love. You won't know exactly what that is until you try many different things. Don't want to go it alone? Set a few challenges to compete with a friend - like trying two new classes together, joining a new gym or even getting together after dinner for a walk and a chat.
Make time for the things that keep you healthy and happy. There shouldn't be any excuse for missing out on these life essentials in your day. If you feel overwhelmed, try stacking activities together. Rather than sitting in the lunch room, walk with a friend to combine socialization and walking. Meal plan with your partner to enjoy some time together! Find ways to construct a healthy, happy routine that works for you.