Fall Into Shape!



Happy Harvest Time, Friends!
Have you ever considered making a New year's Resolution in the fall? Think about the New Year's Eves you spent promising yourself you'd get fit in the coming year? Have you ever let yourself down?  If so, you're not alone.  So, what's so big about January anyway?  Fall, on the other hand, is a great time to start a fitness routine.  If you start in the fall, you'll create good habits that you'll already be used to by the time the holiday season and winter months roll around. With the change of seasons comes a new time to rethink and restart.

Here are some ways to start making the most of the season and look great  in time for the New Year's Eve party!

Take advantage of the weather. Fall can be a treat for your senses: the crisp air, apple picking, scarecrow making, pumpkin carving, beautiful foliage, the crunch of leaves underfoot. These months are a great time to exercise outdoors and enjoy the cooler temps without the humidity. Keep in mind that it doesn't have to feel like exercise to be a great workout.  Raking leaves or doing some yard work is a great way to get your heart pumping, and it's great calorie burning too.  It does get dark earlier, so remember to carry a flashlight, wear a headlamp or reflective gear if you know you'll be out after sunset.

Here are some ways to start making the most of the season and look great  in time for the New Year's Eve party!

Make exercise a part of daily life.  You've already heard that you should take the stairs instead of the elevator and park a little farther away from the office and walk, but there are some less obvious very easy things you can do to integrate exercise into your life.

*Taking the kids to practice? Instead of sitting in your car or chair reading or chatting with another parent, why not walk around the outside of the field or do laps on the track? Take that other parent you were going to chat with along with you.

*Schedule a nightly walk with a spouse, loved one, friend or neighbor.  Don't let each other down by making excuses.  Don't be the one who cancels. Get out there every night after dinner for a 20 minute stroll around the neighborhood at a nice, brisk pace.  Get your heart rate up a bit.

*Get moving while you get motivated- for fitness or other life goals. Get some motivational music or download a motivational podcast and listen to it while you walk or jog for 30 minutes.

Remember to give your routing the 30 Day Try.  Research suggests that it takes about four weeks for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes. That's why people who give up on their fitness programs tend to do so within the first 30 days. So, don't hit that snooze button when you wake up to a chillier, darker morning.  After a month, your body will have adapted, and it will be much easier to stick to your plan.

Strive for the 3 Cs - Commitment, Convenience and Consistency.

*Exercise takes commitment, there's no doubt about it. People make time for things that are important to them.  It's that simple.  If it's important enough to you, you will find the time for it. We are all busy. Put it on the calendar because later often turns into never.

*Convenience means choosing a gym that's close by (why not work out with ME in one of my fun group workouts, right around the corner or across the street from where you work!), or an activity you can do at home, or a time when you're not likely to be interrupted. 

*Consistency.  You're doing more for yourself if you exercise for 10 minutes a day than if you do so once a month for an hour. 

Find your motivation.  It is important to discover what your individual goals are, whether it's losing weight, strengthening and toning or preparing for a race or event.  Goals sometimes aren't enough.  You have to be motivated by the day -to- day workouts, so choose something you'll enjoy and will likely keep up, whether it's walking with a friend, working with a trainer (ME!) or taking part in a "bootcamp" style class (with ME!).  

Creating a challenge for yourself will motivate you, and so will encouragement and accountability, which you will get when you work out with a fun group.  Anything worth having takes work, and if it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you!

Consider joining one of my exercise classes. They are fast-paced and fun, all fitness levels can participate, and you will see results! 

Be well,

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