Maintaining Healthy Summer Habits Throughout the Fall and Winter

You enjoyed this summer with your family and kids; you got in shape, and are eating healthier. But now summer is almost over, which means school for your kids and a busier work schedule for you. When life picks back up again, it can be easy to fall into old habits such as eating poorly and not exercising regularly, but be sure to maintain your healthy summer habits throughout the fall and winter months.

Daughters, before you start school or head off to college, and before your dad’s work schedule picks up again, be sure to inform him of what he can do during the fall and winter months to maintain a healthy mind and body.

Because of the dreary weather in fall and winter, it is easy to go into hibernation mode and not take care of your mental and psychical health.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is real, and it begins at the end of the summer and the beginning of fall.

The symptoms (Source)

  • Irritability
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite change, especially craving foods with carbs
  • Weight gain

If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, or daughters if you notice changes in your dad’s habits or mood, consult your doctor and treat the symptoms properly with exercise and medication if needed.

Lifestyle and home remedies (Source)

  • Make your environment sunnier and brighter- open blinds and move your desk next to a window.
  • Get outside- even on cold days, fresh air can help.
  • Exercise regularly- it can lift your mood.

Even if you do not experience symptoms of SAD, practice doing things that require psychical exercise and fresh air.

Here are active chores and winter activities to keep your mind and body healthy this fall and winter

  • Raking the leaves
  • Shoveling the driveway
  • Skiing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Reminders to maintain a healthy body and mind:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Get up and move
  • Eat healthy
  • Limit tobacco and alcohol use

Armune BioScience thanks contributing writer Emily Garber for her insights on the importance of supporting men’s health.