5 Simple Ways To Refresh Your Wellness Routine For Fall

Aug 30, 2023 Self-Care 5 MIN

5 Simple Ways To Refresh Your Wellness Routine For Fall

Quick Scoop:

  • Revamping your wellness routine this fall can help you adapt to the seasons and maintain optimal health.
  • Reassessing your nutrition, exercise, sleep, and self-care routines each season can help you feel your best.
  • Nature Made® is here for you with quality wellness products for every season.

Summer is winding down, and cooler temperatures are approaching. As this happens, your daily routine may require a shakeup to match these seasonal changes. This is the perfect opportunity to revamp your wellness routine and get rid of any habits or routines that aren’t serving you.

For many of us, the summer fun can throw healthy routines for a loop. So as the leaves fall and the temperatures drop, it’s time to start thinking about your wellness routine.

What can you modify in your diet, exercise, sleep, and self-care routine to feel your best this fall?

If you’re not sure where to start, here are 5 simple ways to refresh your wellness routine for fall. Whether you’re a seasoned wellness guru or just starting your health journey, these tips will keep you feeling vibrant all autumn long.

1.  Revamp your self-care

Regular self-care is essential to your well-being. The best part is it doesn’t need to take a lot of time to be effective. Just a few minutes a day can make all the difference and motivate you to make healthier choices as the day goes on. What do we mean by “self-care” practices? There are different types of self-care: physical (time outdoors and prioritizing rest and a well-balanced diet), emotional (meditation, mindfulness, and yoga) and social (time with friends and family or social media breaks).

In the summer, your self-care practices may have looked different. Maybe your form of self-care was vacationing or laying by the pool. Or, maybe you didn’t have a consistent routine at all because there was no consistency in your summer schedule.

In any case, you can restart a self-care routine that matches the fall season. Instead of laying by the pool, you can take a warm bath, get lost in a book, or try a new meditation app. Start small and choose one self-care practice at a time to see what works best for you.

Learn more: What Is A Self-Care Plan And Why It Is Important?

2.  Embrace seasonal foods

Food that is in season is at its peak and tastes delicious, is more affordable, and provides maximum nutrition.[1] Instead of summer berries and tomatoes, you can start embracing fall favorites like autumn squash, sweet potatoes, and apples.

Revamping your food staples through the seasons ensures you get a wider variety of nutrients in your diet needed for optimal health. Varying up your meals also keeps things interesting and reduces boredom, making it easier to stick to a healthy diet!

So go ahead and visit your local fall farmer’s market and savor all of the fall delights.

Learn more: Farmer’s Market Tips: Shopping Strategies To Try

3.  Reassess your workout routine

Maybe your workout routine got stale this summer, or there was a lack of consistency over the past few months. It’s easy for your workout routine to get thrown off amidst vacations, eating out, and late nights.

Fall is the perfect time to reassess your workout routine and see what works best. If you’re getting bored or are no longer challenged, it’s time to mix things up.

Maybe you prefer running outside in the cooler weather, so now may be time to train for that 5K. Or maybe you’re not a cool weather fan and are itching to do more strength or flexibility training indoors. Whatever it is, it’s important to just have fun and do what works for you.

Reassessing your routine through the seasons will ensure you’re working a wide range of muscles and see maximum benefits from the work you’re putting in.

4.  Prioritize sleep

If you’re like most people, your sleep routine may go awry in summer. But a prolonged lack of sleep or an inconsistent routine can not only leave you feeling sluggish but can impact your health.[2]

Not to worry - autumn is the prime time to readjust your sleep routine. To get the most out of your beauty rest, get back to a regular sleep schedule by setting a consistent daily bedtime and wake-up time. And remember, while needs vary by age and lifestyle, adults generally need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

Create a relaxing bedtime routine that may involve reading, meditation, gentle stretching, or a warm bath about 30 minutes before bed. Limiting social media and any sort of screen time before bed will help you fall asleep faster and enjoy better quality sleep.

If you occasionally struggle to fall asleep, our Nature Made® Sleep Line of products is designed to support restful sleep.†

Read more: 6 Tips For A Restful Night’s Sleep

5.  Restart your supplement regimen

As your body prepares for the cooler months, it becomes even more important to meet your nutritional needs. You may have fallen out of your usual supplement routine during summer or found yourself taking them sporadically.

And since many of us may struggle to get in enough nutrients from diet alone, restarting a consistent supplement routine can give you the reset you need.[3]

If you’re not sure which supplements you need, you can use our “What Do I Need?” support page to determine where to start. Always consult with your doctor before starting or stopping your supplements.

The Bottom Line

As each new season approaches, it’s essential to reassess your wellness routines to keep your health in tip-top shape. As summer winds down, use this as an opportunity to refresh your diet, self-care, exercise, sleep, and supplement routines.

Maintaining optimal health is not a static task - it is an ongoing process that requires you to check in with yourself frequently. Doing this will ensure you are living life in the most vibrant way that helps you feel your best.

And if you need support in the wellness department, Nature Made® has your back with convenient, high-quality wellness products and experts to guide you on your wellness journey.

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† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


References

  1. Macdiarmid JI. Seasonality and dietary requirements: will eating seasonal food contribute to health and environmental sustainability? Proc Nutr Soc. 2014 Aug;73(3):368-75. doi: 10.1017/S0029665113003753. PMID: 25027288.
  2. Worley SL. The Extraordinary Importance of Sleep: The Detrimental Effects of Inadequate Sleep on Health and Public Safety Drive an Explosion of Sleep Research. P T. 2018 Dec;43(12):758-763. PMID: 30559589; PMCID: PMC6281147.
  3. 2020, 12, 1735. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7352522/

 

Authors

Melissa Mitri, MS, RD

NatureMade Contributor

Melissa Mitri, RD is a seasoned dietitian and health writer. She specializes in helping women move away from restrictive habits that lead to vicious yo-yo weight cycles. Melissa enjoys writing about health, nutrition, and fitness with the goal of simplifying complex health topics for the reader. Find out more about Melissa at www.melissamitri.com

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Lynn M. Laboranti, RD

Science and Health Educator

Lynn is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) and is a member of the Medical and Scientific Communications team at Pharmavite. She has over 20 years of experience in integrative and functional nutrition and has given lectures to health professionals and consumers on nutrition, dietary supplements and related health issues. Lynn frequently conducts employee trainings on various nutrition topics in addition to educating retail partners on vitamins, minerals and supplements. Lynn has previous clinical dietitian expertise in both acute and long-term care, as well as nutrition counseling for weight management, diabetes, and sports nutrition. Lynn earned a bachelor’s of science in Nutrition with a minor in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a M.S. degree in Human Nutrition from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Lynn is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, and holds a certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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