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Get Fit and Healthy in Fall

Fall into health with these great seasonal food and fitness ideas.

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If the dry heat causes nosebleeds, Savard says, get out the salt water spray and humidifier.

9. Throw away the scale. Though we put a lot of weight into the scale as the best indicator of our healthy size, Savard says more and more research is finding that is not so. The tape measure is a much better way to define health, she says.

"Pounds don't tell as much about health as the inches around our waist and our body shape," she says.

"It's waist size that matters. Your waist size, and where you carry your fat are three times more important as a predictor of future health than what the scale says," Savard stresses. Abdominal fat is the 21st century's enemy.

10. Get enough rest. Fall is usually a time where you're forced to wake up earlier to get kids off to school and get to work on time. You are less likely to get the seven to eight hours of sleep your body needs.

"Sleep is really the precursor to everything," she says. Without adequate sleep, "you're in a constant state of high alert or stress mode. That takes its toll on every body part or function from the immune system to the central nervous system."

If you're not sleeping well, adds Savard, "then you don't have the ability to focus and take on these lifestyle changes."

Savard offers this rule of thumb: If you need an alarm clock to wake you up every day, you're probably not getting enough sleep.

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Reviewed on August 27, 2007

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