Freeman Medical Musings Blog


Fall into Fitness

Posted by Kris Drake, RN, CHPD, on September 30, 2015

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Agatha Christie

Many of us tend to wait until the new year to think about getting fit or starting a fitness program. Why not get a jump start this year instead and fall into fitness? Fall is the perfect time of year to begin a fitness regimen – the weather is cooler and the beauty of the changing leaves is the perfect setting for an outdoor workout. Additionally, you’ll enjoy the holidays even more knowing you are going to have additional calorie burned to help offset those holiday treats. It takes approximately one month for a new behavior to become a habit, so follow the tips below to get started moving now.

Determine why you want to get fit
Determine why you want to get fit – your reason will help your decision stick. Maybe you want to lose weight, prepare for a 5K or have more energy. Your “why” will motivate you to stay on track with your plan for the next 30 days.

Enjoy fall weather
The cooler temperatures are a nice change from the heat of the summer. Fall is a perfect time for a hike, bike ride, walk or run. Check out the many local trails in the four state area by visiting livesmartswmo.com/move-more/trails. Let your kids take turns picking out a new trail to visit on the weekends.

Exercise safely 
With the days getting shorter, take precautions to exercise safely in the evenings. Wear reflective clothing, carrying a flashlight and use areas free of traffic such as a trail or school track. 

Dress appropriately
Wear a couple of layers of clothing when exercising during chilly mornings. Also, choose wicking clothing that pulls moisture away from your skin.

Team up for fitness
Accountability helps us follow through on a commitment to exercise. So, get a workout partner and put the dates on your calendar. Treat these appointments like any other daily commitment. Plan outdoor activities on the weekend with your kids or family members that you can look forward to during the week. 

Make a change this fall and start your fitness journey instead of making excuses, such as “I will get fit in the new year.” The 30 days will be up before you know it, and you will have developed some great habits for 2016!