Tips for Having a Healthy Autumn
Are you ready for hayrides, hoodies, Halloween, pumpkin patches, and other activities associated with autumn? Soon, the leaves will change color, the temperatures will start to drop, and the days will become shorter as Daylight Savings Time begins in many regions. While you might be tempted to hibernate indoors as Old Man Winter approaches, Pegalis Law Group, LLC presents tips for having a healthy autumn so you can live your best fall life this year and many years to come.
Schedule Your Annual Physical and Flu Shot If You Haven’t
If you’ve been putting off your annual physical exam, there’s no better time than the present to get tests and lab work at your doctor’s office before the calendar runs out on this year’s healthcare. Now is also the time to get your flu vaccination to keep you healthy during cold and flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your annual flu shot by the end of October.
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Because there are often no symptoms of prostate cancer in its early stages, medical experts urge men to get tested regularly. Screenings for prostate cancer include digital rectal exams and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. Likewise, if you’re a woman, now’s a great time to schedule your mammogram to detect breast cancer early. If you’re not up-to-date with your PSA testing, mammogram, physical, or flu shot, start scheduling those doctor’s appointments for you and every member of your family.
Look for Healthy Recipes Involving Fall Harvest Foods
While autumn brings out pumpkin spice everything at your local grocery or coffee shop, there is much to be thankful for with fall harvest foods. Browse healthy recipes online involving pumpkins, butternut squash, cranberries, apples, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, turnips, and more. Substitute that creamy comfort soup with a veggie soup loaded with fiber. Add fruits rich in vitamin C to boost your immune system and help your body fight off colds and flus. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
Enjoy the Brilliant Fall Foliage While Being Active Outdoors
Depending on where you live, fall brings spectacular foliage that is meant to be enjoyed outdoors. Go walking, running, biking, hiking, or kayaking while you still can, and soak up the remaining sunshine while breathing in the crisp fresh air. Now is also the perfect time to sign up your family for indoor fitness activities to get you through the colder months, such as kickboxing, karate, or Zumba.
Recharge for the Upcoming Holidays With a Weekend Getaway
If the thought of the upcoming holidays has you feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Autumn is the ideal time to recharge your batteries and indulge in a weekend getaway. Whether you choose Niagara Falls, The Berkshires, or the sunny beaches of Florida, nature’s beauty will restore your soul before the holiday onslaught. Don’t forget to include hot soaks in Epsom salts, as these can remove toxins from your body and help alleviate arthritis pain that often flares up during the colder weather.
Check Your FSA Account and Get Your Cold and Flu Meds Ready
If you’ve invested in a flexible spending account (FSA) to cover your healthcare costs, you must use this tax-exempt cash by the end of the year, or you risk losing it. Check your FSA’s funds and arrange your family’s healthcare accordingly to maximize your savings and take advantage of your plan’s benefits. With cold and flu season approaching, fall is also an excellent time to check the expiration dates on all the over-the-counter medicines in your cabinets. Stock up on them before your family needs them.
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