Welcome! We’re in the middle of a series on fall and winter wellness. Check back here for ideas for managing your diet, staying active, and reducing stress as the holidays approach.

In our last post, we covered some ways we can prioritize fitness by fighting the urge to hibernate and instead enjoying autumn’s many opportunities for physical activity. Now that the days are getting shorter and temperatures continue to drop, it’s even more important that we find ways to keep moving indoors as well. home-1730490_1920.jpg

We know the couch, sweet treats, and your favorite TV shows are calling, but here are some ways you and your family can use the mundane to pursue your health goals.

  • Prioritize fitness while you knock out your to-do list. Instead of once-a-year spring cleaning, try tackling the deep clean twice a year; once in the fall and once in the spring. This way at least some of the work will be halved, you’ll have a clean slate for holiday entertaining, and you’ll burn major calories while you freshen your home. Put on some of your favorite upbeat music for motivation. Bonus points if you dance while you work!
  • Simplify and get organized. This is a great time of year to go through the basement, attic, or garage and get rid of those things you no longer need. Instead of struggling around boxes of keepsakes, knickknacks, and decorations when it’s time to put up the Christmas tree, take a critical look at what you have in storage now. If you haven’t touched a box in ten years, odds are you don’t really need to hang onto the contents. Find a good home for valuables, photograph the sentimental things, and then let go. You’ll feel mentally lighter and again, you’ll burn calories in the process.
  • Work smarter. If you have a desk job, and if it’s an option for you, try working part of your day from a standing position. Studies have shown over and over that sitting for a minimum of 8 hours a day (like millions in the American workforce) is having a negative impact on our health. If standing isn’t an option, set a reminder on your phone or computer for regular stretching and walking breaks. Just a few minutes an hour can improve your posture, joint health, and focus.
  • Take the long way. Instead of texting your kids when they are upstairs and you’re in the kitchen (admit it, you’ve done it!), take the stairs. The same goes for work and any other time you could use a “more convenient” option as opposed to the one that will burn a few more calories.
  • It sounds obvious, but try working out at home. Many fitness programs now feature exercises that help you use your own body weight instead of the barbells, dumbbells, and machines you find in a gym. You might be surprised at what you’re able to do with little to no equipment. A quick internet search will yield some helpful results like Fitness Blender, a site that offers free workout tutorials, videos, and healthy eating tips.

You’re already in your home and workplace each day. We’re simply suggesting you become more intentional about the time you spend there so it becomes an opportunity for improved health. Several small changes will add up to better physical and mental health, and goodness knows we could all use a little more of that going into the holidays.

Later blog posts in this series include: recipes for winter squash, cruciferous vegetables, baked goods, soups & stews, and roasted foods, and leveraging light and sleep for mental health.

Fall is the start of the holiday season, and as joyous as it is, it can also be stressful. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare physically and mentally for whatever might come up. In the same way, Liberty HealthShare makes it possible for our members to plan for the future and care for their loved ones as they share in one another’s medical costs. Visit our homepage to find out more or call 855-58-LIBERTY (855-585-4237) to speak with one of our representatives.