The arrival of fall on September 23rd heralds a shift in weather and lifestyle, making it an ideal time to focus on your health. As we enter the holiday season, maintaining good health becomes paramount. Here are seven essential tips to keep yourself healthy this fall.
- Get Your Flu Shot: It’s a yearly tradition for a reason. The flu virus evolves, so flu vaccines are updated annually to offer protection against the most prevalent strains. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot each year, often covered by most insurance plans. If not, the Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative ensures access.
- Get Your COVID Booster: While the pandemic is not over, COVID-19 variants persist, necessitating yearly boosters to combat common strains. Keep an eye out for this season’s COVID booster availability, typically around mid-September, and check local vaccination sites.
- Wear a Mask When Sick: Although masks are less common now, they remain essential when you’re unwell. Staying home is best when you’re sick, but if you must go out, wearing a mask is a responsible measure to protect others and curb disease transmission.
- Care for Your Skin: Cooler temperatures bring their own challenges, particularly for your skin. Avoid scalding hot showers, as they can lead to dry, flaky skin. Invest in quality lotion for your face and hands, and don’t forget lip balm to combat the brisk air.
- Stay Hydrated: With cooler weather, you may not feel as thirsty, but it’s vital to stay hydrated. Look out for signs of dehydration, including dark urine, dry skin, and low energy. Combat dehydration by drinking water, reducing caffeine intake, using sports drinks during exercise, and incorporating hydrating fruits and vegetables into your diet.
- Eat Seasonal Produce: Buying in-season produce benefits both your health and your wallet. Seasonal produce is not only more affordable but also richer in nutrients compared to out-of-season options. Fall brings an array of delicious fruits and vegetables, including apples, cranberries, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes.
- Stay Active: Fall offers an inviting outdoor environment for exercise. Explore Utah’s scenic hiking trails, which become even more enjoyable without scorching heat. The changing foliage provides stunning views during your hikes. Additionally, consider participating in fall runs, marathons, and other outdoor activities, suitable for all fitness levels.
With autumn approaching, prioritize your health by getting vaccinations, practicing responsible mask use, skincare, hydration, and enjoying seasonal produce. Embrace the cooler weather as an opportunity to stay active and make the most of the fall season.