Summer is over. Days of dilly-dallying under endless sunlight have given way to cooler evenings and autumn commitments. The September long weekend has come and gone.
Just one word sums up this time of restructured schedules and reclamation of pre-summer fitness levels…
Fall fitness is, aaaahhhhh, refreshing. Human nature prefers organization and focus, to be driven along a path to success with our goals and step-by-step plan in hand.
Now that we’ve flipped our calendars over to the months leading to Christmas, consider this your pre-holiday fitness training time. Here are the three C’s to guide your fall fitness season...
Exercise doesn’t need to be boring. There are as many ways to exercise as there are people on the planet. No pigeonholing required. Take this new beginning to seek out a new way to be active. Your body and your mind will thank you. Take a look at your life and decide what method(s) of physical activity will fit. It's a good idea to devise a combination of home exercise plus something in the community, knowing that some days will be too cold or crazy to get outside.
One workout a week is better than zero workouts a week, but results from exercise don’t come from one single workout or spits and spats of sweating. Cumulative workouts change your body and health over time. Fitness benefits only come when it is a part of your life as with other no-brainers, such as emptying the dishwasher and feeding the cat. Consistency is key. Plan your fitness week-by-week.
Even though we sometimes try to fool ourselves, we know that anything short of our 100% commitment fizzles sooner than later. Fitness is for a lifetime. Take responsibility for your health, because no one is going to do it for you. Your motivation to exercise is internal. Every day must a question of, “What am I going to do today to be active?” rather than watching another day pass by, and you’ve spent a minimum six hours in a seated position.
Fall is lovely. It's a fresh start to your healthy lifestyle efforts, fitness included.
So, tell us... what does your fall fitness plan look like?
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We are Anita Parker & Jamie-Dee Marshall - busy moms, fitness trainers, and founders of Fitness Matters.