Ways To Get Your Fitness On In The Fall...No Waiting For The New Year!
Summer is winding down, and autumn is nearing. It's time to start packing away your shorts, tank tops, and swim suits, and begin pulling out your sweaters and cooler weather clothing. It is also time to start packing on some pounds, if we are not careful, as we get to hide them under layers of clothes, after indulging in Halloween candy, and yummy turkey dinners.
I know many of us make New Year's resolutions, or focus on getting that perfect summer body, but I think if there is ever a time to commit to your fitness, it is fall. We tend to be less active this time of year, eat more, and gain more weight. The days are shorter, the weather may be challenging depending on your location, and the food temptations are ridiculous. Not to mention game day Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays with all of the gatherings with snacks and drinks. But you can get fit and stay fit in the fall, despite what seems like the worst time of year to achieve your fitness goals.
The first thing to remember is nothing has changed. Nothing will taste as good as you will look or feel as being at your best weight or in your "skinny" pants. The second thing to remember is that you can indulge, but in moderation. No second servings, and stop at one piece of candy, or maybe two depending on what kind it is. DO NOT raid your kids trick or treat stash. But most importantly remember that a bad day, or even a bad week does not undo all of your progress. Get back at it.
The next part is to keep moving. If you are like me, then you like going for long walks everyday. But going for a 1-2 hour long walk in the dark after work is not safe, no matter where you live. So you will need to make those lunch breaks at work really count and take the stairs whenever you can. Also hit the gym, or workout at home with a dvd and free weights. When there is a will there is a way.
I plan to continue to work on my fitness and get stronger and healthier. I know I will have my bad days and I am okay with that, but I also know how to get myself back on track. What's your fitness plan for the fall? Or are you waiting for 2018?