Labor Day often serves as the unofficial last weekend of summer, making now the perfect time to adopt some simple, healthy habits to carry you through fall. A strong foundation of habits is vital for many reasons: It can help to reduce stress, boost your immune system (which is particularly important as we enter into the cooler months!), and improve your sleep.
Here, I share five healthy habits to build into your routine this season.
1. Go for a walk.
As we get some relief from the summer heat, it’s time to get outside! A daily exercise routine can help with weight management, blood flow, stress, and so much more. Studies show that even a short walk — just 15 or 20 minutes per day — can make a notable difference in your overall health. Better yet, grab a friend to join you!
2. Stay hydrated.
Thanks to increased activity and hot weather, it’s often easier to stay hydrated during the summer months. Regardless of the season though, it’s important to drink enough water for your overall health. Aim to drink half of your lean body weight in ounces of water each day to prevent dehydration.
3. Stick with a sleep schedule.
Being well-rested not only improves your mood and productivity; it boosts your immunity too! Experts say you should aim for seven to eight hours per night. To ensure you hit this range, determine a realistic bedtime and wake time and stick with it, even on the weekends.
4. Make sure you’re up-to-date on your vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccine for anybody older than six months. Because the virus mutates, it’s vital to receive protection and build immunity to the strains most likely to cause an outbreak each year. Additionally, be sure to get a booster shot this fall to improve your odds of contracting COVID-19.
5. Wash your hands.
It’s so simple, and yet, so many people don’t do it enough. Stop the spread of germs by washing your hands multiple times throughout the day. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the “Happy Birthday” song to yourself to make sure you’re doing a good job!). It’s also important to properly dry them when you’re finished.
Platinum Primary Care is here to support you on your journey to better health.
If you have any questions about improving your habits or just need some extra encouragement this fall, contact us today.