Fall Back Into Fitness

6 Sep

Kids are back in school. YAHOO! Opps, did I say that out loud?

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I often think of the arrival of September as being like the New Year. With the start of the school year and the tangible shift from August’s slower pace to the ramp up of fall’s activities, September often feels more like a new beginning than January. It also feels worthy of a similar type of new year reflection: How do I want to approach these next months? What are my intentions? What do I want to remember?

September is a very busy time in the fitness industry, only second to New Year’s resolutions. Summer holidays are over, school is back in session, and now it’s time for YOU!

Take advantage of this natural tendency to turn over a new leaf, so to speak, and let’s get aggressive with your health and fitness program.

Nutrition:

Summertime BBBQs, s’mores by the campfire and ice cream treats can tend to make people pack on a few extra pounds over the summer, encouraging many to feel ready to get back to eating and watching what they eat a little more closely.

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  • Commit to flushing your system by drinking at least 100 ounces of water per day for at least a week.
  • You’ve most likely enjoyed a few more cocktails this summer than your usual routine, so let the liver recover by avoiding alcohol for a set period of time.
  • Regardless of what you establish as your goals, don’t worry about being perfect. Even if you commit to a diet that is 80 percent clean and healthy, that will do wonders for getting your health and fitness program back on track.

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Exercise

Now that you can get back to a good, solid routine, its a great opportunity to ramp up your program

  • Try a new fitness program you’ve always wanted to try. Maybe enroll in the Zumba dance program all your girlfriends are doing. Or maybe it’s time to head indoors for a little rock-climbing. Perhaps you wanted to check out that CrossFit program that’s getting a lot of media exposure lately. The message here is to stimulate your body and mind by trying something different.
  • Register for an upcoming local event, it puts purpose on your workouts and gives you a goal to focus on.
  • Put you workout into your day planner. Remember the saying, “If your priorities don’t get put into your schedule, someone’s else priorities will get into your schedule!” Carve the time out for yourself
  • Recruit a buddy! It’s easier to stay committed when you’ve got a buddy to inspire you when you’re not feeling very motivated!

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At the same time, I want there to be enough: enough excitement so that we have things to look forward to, enough activities that we’re engaged and learning new things, enough goals and priorities that we feel like we’re moving forward in life, and enough opportunities for meaningful service and creative expression in the world. Oh yes, and some time to take care of ourselves via good eating and exercising and resting and pausing enough to remember why we’re doing all that we’re doing!

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With any of your goals, remember that if you believe you can achieve something, you will. The power to aspire to great things happen first in the mind. Be prepared to regularly assess your goals and modify your actions, if needed. Expect struggles and obstacles and decide beforehand how you’ll overcome them.

If you do get off track, the key to success is learning from the experience and getting right back on course as quickly as possible.

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