Where did the summer go? While it might be easier to stay on track when the weather is nice and there’s no endless mountains of homework to help your kids with, September’s here. It is a busy month for parents as they face struggles to maintain a time out for themselves, let alone time to exercise and prioritize health.
To maximize your Fall fitness and exercise goals safely and effectively, here are some tips to keep you going:
- Schedule your exercise: If this means putting a 30-min appointment into your calendar or phone, or programming a reminder, that’s what you’ll have to do. Studies have shown that scheduling exercise increases compliance significantly. Having a practical and realistic plan is always best; if waking up 30 minutes earlier is possible, why not try an early morning walk, jog or circuit routine at home.
- Make a concrete plan: Step by step, clearly outlined goals are also shown to increase adherence to exercise programs. You can set a step limit per day, or a goal to complete all of your physiotherapy exercises at least once per day. With a plan in place, cheating becomes that much harder to get away with an increase in a sense of fulfillment.
- Try something FUN: Research on exercise and weight loss is conclusive that performing an enjoyable activity is best for long-term success. If you have always hated running, then forcing yourself to jog for 30 minutes every morning is probably not something that will ever work for you. Today there is so much access to cheap, and effective workout programs whether online or in person – from yoga to CrossFit to high intensity training to rec league hockey.
- Have the right gear: Make sure you don’t get caught in fluctuating weather – always dress in layers if exercising outdoors, maintain access to hydration throughout, wear sunscreen, use moisture wicking fabrics, and make sure to have reflective clothing as the evenings become darker.
- If you have any concerns about what type of exercise you should be doing, or issues with pain or discomfort during exercise, make sure to speak with your Doctor or Physiotherapist prior to starting anything new.
Good Luck and get going…. Winter will be here before you know it!!