Health Benefits of the Fall Season

For many, fall is a favorite time of year due to its seasonal perks. Whether it's college football, pumpkin spice lattes or gathering with family for the holidays, the list goes on and on. We all can attest to a reason to be excited about fall.

In addition to the excitement the season brings, fall is filled with several health benefits. Shape magazine shares multiple reasons fall is good for one's health.

Seasonal foods and spices

A popular way to experience the season's health benefits is through fall harvest. Fall foods and spices are not only delicious but also rich in healthy nutrients. Here are a list of fall foods and spices to include in your seasonal diet:

  • Pumpkins
  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Nutmeg
  • Pears
  • Squash

More Sleep

Sleep is also a health advantage during fall. During fall our bodies get more rest. Although we only gain one hour of sleep, it does wonders for a person’s overall health. Sleeping allows our bodies to recharge both physically and mentally. Research has revealed that good quality sleep is linked to the reduction of heart disease and obesity. Studies have also shown that it is often easier for our bodies to adjust to standard time than to daylight savings time. So take advantage of what could be your body's natural tendency to get some rest.

Physical activity

Fall makes for the perfect time to get outdoors and increase the physical activity our bodies need. With cooler temperatures, the risk of heat-related health issues are reduced. Activities include walking, biking, hiking, horseback riding and raking leaves. These outdoor activities offer both a direct health benefit and a great emotional boost that comes from being in the midst of the beautiful colors this season produces.

Fall is considered to be the season of change. Make this a fall of positive transitions and great memories while maintaining your health.