10 Tips for Fall Fitness
Fall is a super season for shaping up, experts say.
5. Rejuvenate yourself. Fall is the time to rejuvenate
body, mind and spirit, says Durkin. Get a massage after your run. Learn to
meditate. Take an art class. Treat yourself not just with exercise but other
activities that promote wellness, he says, so you can feel good physically,
mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
6. Remember the 30-day rule. "'It takes about four
weeks for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes," says Price. That's why
people who give up on their fitness programs tend to do so within the first 30
So, when the alarm goes off in the morning and it's darker and colder, don't
roll over and hit the snooze button.
"Try to stick with a program for a month," Price says. "After a
month, behavior patterns will have adapted and it will be much easier to stick
with it after that."
7. Strive for the 3 Cs. Freytag calls commitment,
convenience, and consistency "the three Cs", and says having all three
will lead to a successful fitness program.
First, exercise takes commitment. When a client complains to
Freytag about a lack of time, she responds: "Tell me something I haven't
heard before. We're all busy; that's just part of our lives.
"You have to start planning exercise, just like you do everything
else," like meetings, dinners, and getting kids to lessons and practice,
she says. "Put in on the calendar, because later always turns into
Convenience means choosing a gym that's close by, or an activity
you can do at home, or a time when you're not likely to be interrupted.
Finally, there's consistency. "I'd rather see a brand-new
client work out for 10 minutes a day rather than one hour every month,"
8. Deal with darkness. The best way to enjoy fall is to
exercise outdoors. But it is getting darker earlier, and staying dark later in
the morning, so be smart and safe.
"Just because it's 6 p.m. (or a.m.) and dark doesn't mean you can't work
out," says Durkin. If walking or running outdoors, he says, "wear a
reflective vest and carry a flashlight."