Finally, the heat is off! Well, at least it's much cooler than it was a month ago when the idea of getting outside in the 100-degree weather for an occasional workout was out of the question. Like the new school year, Fall comes with a renewed sense of purpose and priorities. So, instead of waiting until January, let's kick off September as the new year and a super season for getting into tip-top shape.
Here are six ways to make the most of the season. And just think, you might be in great shape in time for the New Year’s party!
1. Take advantage of the cooler weather.
Fall is the perfect time to take advantage of the cooler, crisper weather and it’s great for the senses: fresh air, bluer skies, fall foliage, and leaves falling at your feet. Walking, hiking, cycling, and trail walks offer abundant opportunities to get outdoors and kick off your September super season of fitness.
2. Think outside the box.
Fall is a great time to learn something new. Been thinking about learning to box? Try PH360 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Join a hiking club! The Fall foliage and cooler weather offer the perfect outdoor meditative adventure. Instead of driving, try walking to your local farmers market where you can pick out your own fruits and veggies.
3. Make a date with TV and exercise.
Everyone gets geared up for the fall TV season. If you’re going to sit and watch hours of TV, get moving as well. During commercials get in a set of push-ups, sit-ups, or even run in place. During a one-hour show you get at least 18-to-20 minutes of commercials, so make good use of time.
TIP: Be Flexible: remember the 80/20 rule! Commit to 80% hard work and give yourself 20% flexibility.
4. Rejuvenation is deserved.
Fall is a great time to treat yourself and focus on daily restorative sessions for the mind, body, and spirit. Try meditation or yoga. Schedule a massage this month or take an art class. Always remember that it is essential to treat yourself with other activities that promote good health and wellness besides exercise.
5. Integrate exercise into your daily life.
If you are taking the kids to soccer, football or baseball practice, walk around the outside of the field instead of sitting and reading emails or talking on the phone. Also, try a once-a-month walking staff meeting, instead of sitting in stuffy conference rooms. Along with exercise, the fresh air and clear skies will be mood enhancing and may even spark new ideas and energy into your team.
6. Remember the 3 C’s.
Commitment, Convenience, and Consistency.
Exercise takes Commitment. Being too busy isn’t an excuse. We’re all busy; it’s just a part of life.
Make it Convenient:Pick a gym or activity that is close to home. That way, you are more likely to remain committed to your fitness goals.
Consistency leads to results: Committing to working out one to two times a week is a much better plan than a guilt-ridden workout that happens one or two hours once a month.
Sources: webmd.com, fitspotwellness.com, goop.com