Fall Fitness - Ten Tips to Help You Fight Fall Weight Gain
As the old adage says, "fail to plan and plan to fail." Prepare for the fall season of change with these great tips for managing your fitness both physically AND mentally:
1.Don't limit yourself to gym workouts. Try new activities and new scenery. Drop into a Pilates or yoga class. Discover boxing or indoor rock climbing. Take a spin on the dance floor with a ballroom dancing or ballet class. Find a Boot Camp or outdoor fitness class in your area.
2.Become a student. Give yourself something to do other than sitting around eating out of boredom. Learn a new hobby. Sign up for a painting, pottery, or sketching class. Try a conversational language class to prepare for your next vacation. Sign up for an interior design or home remodeling course at your community college.
3. Employ active rest. Instead of flopping mindlessly in front of the TV to watch the new fall line up or Monday night football, use the time to stretch or do some ab/core exercises. Even if you just moved during the commercial breaks that would give you about 15 minutes of activity during a one-hour show.
4. Winterize your clothing and equipment. Don't let crisp weather keep you inside. There are great products on the market for keeping you nice and toasty in your own micro-environment while working out outside. Layering your clothing will give you the ability to remove or add based your needs as the air close to your body heats up. Waterproof shoes and jackets will keep you dry even when it's wet. Don't forget to cover your head and wear gloves!
5. Multitask. Use down, or waiting time to go for a walk. Got kids in after-school activities, for instance? Instead of spending that time in the waiting area or in the bleachers, take a spin around the park with a walk or run. There are plenty of exercises to do using outside spaces and no equipment at all. Ask an experienced exerciser or a fitness professional to show you how.
6. Give yourself a fitness makeover. Who doesn't feel great in new duds? Instead of waiting until you reach your fitness goals, reward your decision to get moving and make healthy choices now. Trade in that old t-shirt and the worn out sweats for some cute workouts clothes. Little rewards along the way will help to keep you motivated.
7. Drink a glass of water and count to your age before you cheat. Many times cravings are due to dehydration. By having a drink and waiting before grabbing that figure-busting treat, you give yourself a chance to see if you really "need" that snack or if you just need some water. Strive to drink half your body weight in ounces each day to keep general dehydration cravings at bay.
8. Relax and release. Pamper yourself with a massage or a refreshing body treatment. Not only can this help you to de-stress, it will also help you to be more in tune with caring for your body.
9. Eat with the season. Pumpkins, apples, squash, nuts, these and more are ripe for the picking at this time of year. Visit your local farmer's market to find out what else is in season in your area. Learn new healthy recipes using the foods freshly harvested. Not only is this good for your health, it can also be good for your wallet since leftovers can be taken for lunch.
10. Involve family and friends. Not only does it help you to bond, it also gives you a reason to stay motivated. Bring the family out for evening walks, weekend hikes, or bike rides. Ask a friend to workout with you. Prepare a new or favorite recipe with your kids.
Tami Williams is owner and Head Fitness Diva at Wildfire Fitness with results-driven programs including Bridal Fitness Indoor and Outdoor Boot Camps, Personal Training and Corporate Wellness.
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