Why wait for another New Year’s party to sip champagne and vow to be healthier in the next year? Fall is a fabulous time to jump-start health resolutions. Many people consider autumn the best time to rethink and restart. You’ll create good habits for the winter (where – let’s face it, it’s hard to stay motivated) and the calorie-loaded holiday season.
Here are five ways to start making the most of the season. This year, aim to be in great shape before that New Year’s Eve party.
- Take advantage of the weather. Walking, hiking and cycling are beautiful in the fall with the gorgeous canopy of fall foliage in NWA and the crunch of leaves under your feet. Pick apples, carve pumpkins, rake leaves, or discover new sections of the Razorback Greenway Trail. Visit the beautiful lakes in our area: Lincoln, Beaver, and Wedington for kayaking, canoeing, or even stand up paddle boarding for a whole-body workout.
- Stop passively watching TV. Autumn showcases the fall premiers of your favorite television show, but resolve to make a date with exercise and TV.
While you watch, during commercials, do tricep dips off the couch or standing lunges. Challenge yourself with push-ups or sit-ups for an entire scene. You can lift weights or run in place whenever your favorite character is talking. Do quick air jabs when the character you hate shows up. Do whatever it takes to be an active TV viewer!
- If you’re watching your kids’ sports games, rather than reading or visiting with the other parents, walk around the outside of the field while they play or practice. Enlist one or two of the other parents to join you. You could even ask the coach if you could warm up and cool down with the kids during practices. At work, you could try walking or standing meetings. We imagine decisions will be achieved faster.
- Rejuvenate yourself. Autumn is the time to refresh your body, mind and spirit. Get a massage after your jog. Take an art class. Develop your mindfulness skills with meditation. Exercise, but also treat yourself to activities that promote wellness so you can feel good in all areas: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
- Give yourself time to adjust. It takes about 30 days for your body to adapt to lifestyle changes. When the alarm goes off, be prepared that you’ll want to reach over and hit snooze. Be intentional about your resolution. Put your exercise in your calendar, set out your workout clothes the night before, have a workout buddy and deal with darkness. If you’re walking or running outdoors, wear reflective colors and carry a flashlight. Use trails or the local school track to avoid traffic.
Remember too, that anything worth doing and having requires work. Keep your individual goal in the front of your mind, whether it’s to be stronger, improve quality of life, keep up with your kids, or compete in a race or event.
We at Creekside Center wish you a wonderful fall. If you have any questions or need suggestions on a workout plan, call us. We’ll be happy to talk with you. (479) 582-9268.