WIth the onset of shortened daylight hours, it is easy to slip into some dangerous habits this fall. Here are a few to think about and structure your daily routine in order to avoid.
1. Sleeping in -- Changing your sleeping habits because you don't like to get up before the sun does can alter how you feel during the day. Try to get up at the same time each day. Your body recognizes a pattern of rest and when the pattern is disrupted, this can make you feel lethargic and low on energy.
2. Coffee -- What are you putting in your coffee?! Are you drinking more coffee when the weather gets cooler and the days are shorter? I know I do. Make sure you're not adding anything "gross" to your coffee. This means artificial sweeteners (or just sugar in general), creamer, and other artificial flavors. Stick to black coffee if possible. Plus, is it really coffee anymore after you add all of that stuff??
3. Get outside -- Yes it's colder, but that doesn't mean you can't adapt to the cooler temps. Cold weather clothing is warmer and more comfortable than ever so continue your outdoor activity and dress accordingly. Treadmills are awful and we could all use some fresh air.
4. Vegetables -- All of those delicious summer plants are sadly becoming out-of-season. Fill up on the good fall stuff -- sweet potatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, etc. Here's a great list.
Embrace fall and stay engaged to your well-being. That way you don't have to worry about the "I need to get in shape for summer" crowd next year!