Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The leaves are changing, I get to wear sweaters and jeans, and I get to look forward to corn mazes and pumpkin carving!
I also tend to catch a cold towards the middle of October. I think most of you can relate and know that washing your hands becomes a top priority. Making other healthy choices is important too. I created a typical workday schedule and added some healthy tips so your immune system doesn’t fall (pun intended) flat this season .
A typical workday for me is 8am-5pm. Feel free to adjust this according to your schedule.
5:30am: Start your day with a healthy breakfast: Add some granola and seasonal fruits to your yogurt.
6:15am: Head to the gym, or go for a morning a run. Most people that exercise in the morning tend to stick with it. This also is a great way to manage stress.
6:45am: Hit the Shower: Wash off the the germs that can be lingering, and make sure to moisturize to keep skin smooth.
8am: Heat up some tea: Green tea has antioxidants that discourage abnormal cell growth.
10am: Stretch it out: Sitting for long periods of time puts strain on your back and other muscles.
12pm: Walk with co-worker to lunch: Exercise and socializing help keep you mentally and physically healthy to fight off colds.
3pm: Make sure your vaccinations are current: Check-in with your doctor and see when your flu shot is available. This will help keep you protected year round.
6pm: Cozy up with a pet or loved one: This helps to relieve stress, which in turn helps you fight back germs!
7pm: Make a meal. Stir fry is a great way to get in all those essential nutrients. Try adding broccoli, squash, mushrooms, corn, and any other veggies that you love.
8pm: Turn off the phone. Electronic use before bed can disturb your bodies sleep cycle. Being well rested helps your body fend off germs.
10pm: Lights out. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep helps your body relax and recover from the day you had. It also aids in stress management.
If this seems like too much at once try doing a few during the day and work your way up from there. Do you have any tips for helping boost your immune system?
Feature photo by Erin Kohlenberg