Sustaining your summer workout into the fall
Keep your summer momentum into the fall
As the summer slowly comes to a close, schools are back in session and you begin to plan for the start of the fall season, don’t lose your momentum for staying healthy and active with a regular workout! Here are some tips to stay on track even as your schedule gets busier, the nights get darker, and colder weather begins to move in.
- Arrange a workout date. Invite a friend, family member, or coworker to the gym — pick a class you will take weekly together. You are more likely to workout if you are held accountable and someone is expecting you there.
- Make your exercise routine a priority! Even if it is a modified workout and you only can do a 15-minute run or fast walk, try to add in a few push-ups, planks or lunges. Focus on keeping your body active and try to exercise a minimum of five days a week, even if it’s only for 15-20 minutes.
- Try to exercise earlier in the day when you have more energy — the later it gets, the more tired you feel, which means it’s more likely you may opt to skip your workout.
- Have fun while you work out! If your fitness routine is enjoyable, you will be more likely to stick with it, whether it’s a group fitness class, a personal training session or small group training, playing tennis or simply jogging!
Workouts aren’t the only thing that can be derailed in the fall — healthy eating habits can fall by the wayside with the buzz of back-to-school. Here are a few fun, healthy eating tips for the whole family, excerpted from choosemyplate.gov!
Prepare yourself for the fall and beginning of school with positive parenting:
- Show by example — be a good food role model! Let your child see you eating healthy foods.
- Go food shopping together and let your child make healthy choices.
- Get creative in the kitchen and encourage your child to pack a healthy lunch.
- Offer the same healthy foods for all family members.
- Reward healthy decisions with attention, not food.
- Make time for fun and happy family meal times.
- Listen to your child!
- Limit screen time and encourage physical activity.