Falling Back into Fitness

Written by Libby Norris

Fall is a fabulous time of the year to start or return to your fitness program. As summer holidays wind down and we get back into regular routines, it's a great time to set goals and establish healthy habits.

Fall can present some challenges with hectic schedules and the temptation to hibernate and curl up with the seasons' new television schedule. Here are four helpful hints to make a healthy transition into the fall season.

Create an updated schedule. Make sure you have the time scheduled to turn your intentions into action. Write down your fall schedule noting additions or changes to your routine along with any new appointments or commitments that may have come up for you and/or your family.

Start with a realistic FITT. We frequently use this acronym in the fitness industry to help develop workout programs and routines.

F - Refers to frequency, or how many times per week you intend to workout. If you're just starting out or you've been away from your fitness routine for the summer, be realistic so that you can successfully reach your goals.

I - Refers to intensity. You may want to keep this more moderate initially and then increase as you get more accustomed to your new routine.

T - The first "t" refers to the time you intend to spend in each workout session. Try to keep your workouts concise and efficient. Plan for shorter workouts initially to keep your schedule manageable and then gradually increase the time like your intensity.

T - The second "t" refers to the type of exercise you do. Always choose exercises and activities you enjoy as it will be easier to keep yourself motivated.

Be seasonal. Fall is a great time to include outdoor activities to take full advantage of the seasonal colors and cooler temperatures. Hiking and biking trails offer fresh air, fitness and photo opportunities. You will also find a lot of activity-based charity events including fun runs, walks and cycling events. Find an activity you enjoy and a cause that's close to your heart.

Eat seasonal. Pump up your nutrients with some of the fantastic fall food available in your region. It's a great way to support your local producers and to fuel your body with wholesome, healthy foods.

Remember that consistency is critical to long-term success. Those steps and actions you take each day will help tighten and tone your body and help to give you the energy you need to get out and enjoy the fall season.

Always consult your health care professional before making any significant changes in your dietary habits or your physical activity routines.

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