Summer is almost over, back to school in full swing and fall is on its way.
Here are some great tips for your fitness this fall.
How many New Year’s Eves have you spent sipping champagne and vowing to get more fit in the coming year? And how many times have you failed to follow through?
December 31 over a drink is too late to set goals and make promises!
Fall, on the other hand, is a great time to start a fitness program because you’re going to create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months.
With the change of seasons comes a renewed time to rethink and restart. What’s so special about January? Besides, for most of our moms with school-aged kids “think of September as the new year.”
Here are 10 ways to start making the most of the season. And who knows? This year, you might be in great shape before that New Year’s Eve party rolls around
- Take advantage of the weather. Fall can be a treat for the senses: the crisp air, apple picking, pumpkin carving, a gorgeous canopy of fall foliage, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. These months are a great time to exercise outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures. Hike, Bike, and just have fun.
- Think outside the box. Always wanted to learn to tap dance? Attempt to box? Master the jump rope? Fall is a great time to try something new and learn a new skill. One year I did a lot of rock climbing. It was awesome!
- Be an active TV watcher. Many people get geared up for fall premieres of their favorite television shows. If you’re going to sit down and watch hours of TV, get moving. Make a date with exercise and TV. While you watch, you can walk or run in place, do standing lunges, do triceps dips off the couch, or lift weights. During commercials, do push-ups or sit-ups. In a one-hour show, you probably have close to 20 minutes worth of commercial interruption.
- Integrate exercise into your life. You already know the obvious suggestions: park farther away from your destination; take stairs instead of elevators; take a walk during your lunch break. Here are a few that are less obvious: Next time you’re at practice instead of standing around walk around with a few of the parents. Hold a walking meeting. We do it here all the time. Getting outside gives you and your team some breathing room and your burning calories.
- Find your motivation. People are motivated by different things. It’s important to first discover what your individual goals are, whether it’s losing weight, strengthening and toning, or preparing for a race or event. But goals aren’t enough to get you there; you have to be motivated by the day-to-day workouts. So choose something you’ll enjoy doing and will be likely to keep up, whether it’s walking or hiking with a friend, working with a trainer, or taking part in more classes. Creating a challenge for yourself will motivate you, as will encouragement and accountability.
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