Fall Fitness

Get back on track and stay motivated this Fall

I have found now is one of the easier times of year to get back on track and into your fall fitness routine. We all know the many benefits of exercise; strong bones, a healthy heart, better sleep, more energy and the list goes on – exercise simply put is a key element to staying healthy. Take a minute and think about this time of year:

  • Easier to find the “Me” time
  • Vacations are over and we are back to normal schedules
  • You can still get outside for a workout because the weather tends to be just about perfect, remember studies show that you work harder & burn more calories when you exercise outside
  • In few months you can lose approximately 10 – 15 pounds, 1 to 2 pounds per week is perfect
  • You can be in the best shape for the holidays instead of waiting for New Years Resolutions, think: New Year – New You – Now!

An easy way to get started is to revisit your fitness goal or set a new one. Be specific in what you want to achieve. Then use the SMART Goal Acronym:

S: Specific
M: Measurable
A: Attainable
R: Realistic
T: Timely

I love the ‘Timely’ part of the “SMART” goal in the fall because 2 to 3 months is the perfect amount of time to stay motivated and see results. Be sure to take measurements and baseline statistics and include girth measurements, body fat, lean muscle mass and even endurance and flexibility. This time of year I recommend retaking your baseline statistic in 6 week increments. Here is why, if you are doing well and seeing results you are going to be more likely to stick with your fitness routine through the holiday season.

Use these 4 tips to stay on track and motivated this fall.

  1. Schedule your exercise sessions in your day planner
    Make it non negotiable just like an important meeting or event.
  2. Tell your friends about your fitness goals
    Ask for their support – you may be amazed at the help you get. It is also a great idea to have an exercise buddy, just make sure you focus on the exercise part and not just the socialization.
  3. Be Healthy in the office and all day long
    • Bring your own snacks
    • Walk to a coworkers office instead of sending a Text or email
    • Stand up when you are on the phone
    • Talk a walk during your lunch break
    • Always take the steps
    • Park in the back of the parking lot
    • Avoid the candy and treats on coworkers desks
  4. Remember – it is OK to slip up
    We all have slip ups, it is what you do afterwards that is important. If you missed a few exercise sessions or ate an entire box of chips or cookies or carton of ice cream – FORGET about it, move on and get back on track.

Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy!