7 easy tips to help promote a healthy fall season!
Most people aren’t aware that fall is the second busiest time for gyms and exercise facilities in the United States. As the kids go back to school, most parents have the time to get back into their workout routines. Here are 7 easy tips to help set yourself up for success this fall if you are either starting a new workout program or returning to a plan you have previously utilized.
- Make sure you are adequately prepared. If you are starting an exercise routine, make sure that you have proper clothing. Do you need to upgrade your running shoes? Purchase some new gym clothes? Buy a new water bottle? Purchase a lock for the gym? Buy new headphones for your iPod? Don’t wait until your first workout to identify exercise equipment needs.
- Evaluate your fuel intake. Great workout routines are partnered with great nutrition. Are you consuming the USDA recommended 4½ servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Drinking 8 glasses of water a day? Limiting fast food and junk food? Watching your portion sizes? Healthy eating habits can make the difference in a successful workout routine.
- Schedule a doctor’s appointment. If you are starting an exercise program and it has been a couple years since your last physical, you might want to stop into the doctor’s office and touch base. It’s always recommended to have a doctor’s approval before starting any physical exercise program.
- Buddy up with like minded individuals. A recent study out of the University of Georgia reveals that people tend to mimic the behavior of others around them. In addition, you are more likely to show long-term success if you have an exercise buddy to help support and encourage you. Go to a social networking site like Facebook and start a walking group, inviting some of your friends to join you. Use this social support network to help motivate and hold you accountable to your new exercise routine.
- Take advantage of the weather. As the weather cools into the fall, make sure to take advantage of the outdoors. Are there any new bike trails or walking trails in the area you have yet to explore? Or a new dog park?
- Exercise during practice. One of the common barriers I hear from individuals during the fall season regarding their lack of physical activity is that they would like to exercise, but are constantly taking their kids to soccer practice, cheerleading practice, football practice, or some other extracurricular activity. Use this time to your advantage. After dropping the kids off at their practice, get out of the car and walk around the practice facility. Partner with another parent and walk with each other.
- Make sure you’re well rested. To reach peak performance during your workout routines, ensure you are getting enough rest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.
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