11 healthy habits to incorporate into your routine this fall

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If you had a great summer but are feeling a tad unhealthy as we head into the colder months, you’re not alone. But how do you break any of the unhealthy habits that you might’ve picked up while having a thoroughly good time during the summer and into fall?

The key to finding your healthy feet again is to start in on a “transition period.” Listed below are some of my best points of advice that should leave you feeling a bit more in control of your body and mind, despite the impending cold.

1. Start with a “transition week” 

This is a week or a short period of time where you start to rein it all in again and begin the process of reaching a healthier you. By giving yourself a transition period, you aren’t just throwing yourself into an intense new health and fitness regimen, which could be a real shock to both your body and mind.

2. Reintroduce an exercise regimen — even if it’s a gentle one! 

Add a couple of easier workouts like walking, jogging or a low-impact exercise class to your routine for the first week or two. The aim is to switch your body back on. 

3. Rein in your alcohol consumption

You don’t need to get yourself to zero alcohol intake, but if you’ve been having alcohol most nights of the week, try going a few nights without it. You will feel way more in control.

4. Morning pages

When you wake up, try to spend five minutes or more journaling. Writing is a powerful channel for creating space between your thoughts and actions.

5. Stretch to wake up your body

I try to stretch at least twice a day, which leaves me less sore and achy.  

6. Drink more water!

Drink at least 2-3 liters of filtered water every day — add lemon for some flavor and a hit of vitamin C. 

7. Aim for early dinners

Eating earlier in the evening allows your body to digest what you eat for dinner with more tranquility. If you’re comfortable doing so, try fasting overnight for about 12 hours (e.g., if you eat at 7 p.m., you can break the fast at 7 a.m.).

8. Start a food diary

This is a super useful tool to better understand your body and begin to decipher which foods burden you and which ones are doing damage. Pay attention to how you feel after you eat certain foods, and adjust your habits accordingly.

9. Make small changes to your routine

Changing your habits by doing simple things, like taking a different route to work or eating breakfast in a different place in your house, will make you view your everyday life in a different and more positive way. 

10. Don’t skip any meals

Your body needs foods rich in nutrients throughout the day to be able to function better, both emotionally and physically, so don’t skip any regular meals.

11. Sleep 7-8 hours per night

Cultivating little rituals before going to bed will help to relax you and maximize your sleep every night. These can be things like taking a hot bath, reading a book, doing your skin care routine or putting your phone away an hour before going to sleep. 

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