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November is not everyone’s favourite month, but it does have some redeeming qualities. As the temperature decreases, we sleep better and as the pollen count drops, so do our allergies. According to science, temperatures of 16 to 21 degrees Celsius provide the best environment for a good quality sleep. One of the many benefits of improved sleep, is that it is linked to the reduction of heart disease and obesity.

Fall’s fresh air and beautiful colours provide a positive boost to our emotions and lure us outdoors to enjoy various physical activities. On the flip side, it also provides the incentive many need to take a little “chill” time. After all the upheaval we have experienced in the last 1½ years, we deserve a break. When we cuddle up with a book or relax by a fire on a rainy afternoon, we help both our body and mind to recharge.

Fall’s moderately cold temperatures can be good for our skin’s health. The blood vessels in the skin are more constrained at this time and less prone to cause redness and swelling

For some, cooler temperatures trigger more aches and pains in muscles and joints. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as getting new shoes with better soles and arch support.

Staying mobile is the key to reducing stiffness and pain in muscles and joints. Regardless of age, movement is important to our health. It improves our metabolism, increases our blood flow, which carries nutrition to our muscles and other tissues, aids our immune system and helps with our mood.

Massage Therapy plays an important role in keeping our muscles conditioned, enabling us to stay active without discomfort.

Take care of yourself and get the most out of this Fall season.