Feeling Great: Keep active and boost your immune system this autumn

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So, let’s talk about keeping you active, healthy and full of energy this autumn.

With those long summer days almost behind us, it’s easy to let the cooler temperatures put you off from spending time outside… so it’s easy to stop exercising completely, and spend more time indoors doing things like watching TV, and sitting for long periods of time.

And let’s be honest, you and I both know that a lack of movement can lead to stiffness and unwanted pain, which can get in the way of your day-to-day life.

So, with that in mind, let’s look at what you could possibly do to keep moving and reduce the risk of experiencing stiffness this season - here’s some of the tips I give my patients:

Embrace gentle movements:

One way you can keep moving now that it’s cooler outside is to bring your activities indoors.

Go for a swim, take up yoga, pedal away gently on an exercise bike while watching your favourite programme - seriously you’ll love just how easy that one is to do.

In fact, one of my patients Diane absolutely dreaded using her exercise bike, until I told her just how easy it is to make it a healthy habit if she used it whilst watching her favourite programme Eastenders, and now she doesn’t mind using the exercise bike at all!

The key is to find something that you enjoy, to get your body moving gently so that you keep yourself fit and healthy, which brings me on to my next point…

Boost your immune system:

Here’s an important one, especially to keep you from visiting the Doctor’s surgery.

Whenever the seasons change, and I feel a need to boost my immune system, I first look to Mother Nature. Some of my favourite immune-boosters are to drink plenty of fresh water and eat plenty of foods packed with nutrients - such as Manuka honey, garlic and root veggies. You could even make some delicious pumpkin dishes this autumn, especially if you’ve had to take part in carving them!

As the days will soon become shorter, now is the perfect excuse to take time to really look after yourself.

Use this autumn as an ideal time to relax at home, enjoy early nights, cook nutritious food, and maybe even find a new activity to enjoy.

I might even start Yoga again.

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