Fall…it’s the perfect time of year to begin an exercise program. It’s a new season to develop new habits. Why wait until the New Year? Start now, and you will develop new and better habits by the holidays. Here are some tips to help you get started.
•   Take advantage of the weather. There’s nothing better than cool, crisp air and the sound of leaves crunching under your feet.
•   Think outside the box. Fitness isn’t just about walking and lifting weights. Dance and jump rope are two things that quickly come to mind.
•   Be an active TV watcher. While your favorite shows are on, do some squats, pushups, sit ups or marching in place.
•   Integrate exercise into your life. Walking is a great time to listen to a podcast and learn something new. Walk while your children are at practices and lessons.
•   Rejuvenate yourself. Treat yourself to a massage, an art class or anything that rejuvenates your mind and spirit.
•   Remember the 30-day rule. It takes about four weeks for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes, so don’t give up. It gets easier.
•   Strive for the 3 Cs. Exercise takes commitment, convenience and consistency. Find a place that’s easy for you to get to whether it’s a gym or your own home. Be consistent. It’s better to work out 10 minutes a day than one hour a month.
•   Deal with darkness. It’s gets darker earlier and stays darker longer. If you exercise outside during these times, be sure to wear reflective gear and carry a flashlight.
•   Dress in layers. It may be cool when you first go outside, but it won’t take long for your body to warm up. You want to be sure you can shed a layer or two if needed.
•   Find your motivation. Do you want to lose weight, strengthen and tone, or prepare for a race? Have a specific goal in mind, something to work toward.
I hope these tips give you inspiration to try something new.
—Mittie

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