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Fall Readiness

on September 10, 2012

How are you planning to welcome the fall? Is your fitness routine going to change for the better? Are you going to make healthier choices when it comes to food? Making a transition time like autumn work for you by creating a space to enhance your health is a great way to alleviate stress and make changes for the better.
We all have a tendency to take it a little easier in the summer. It is part of our normal pattern of living. Summer days are long and warm, creating a feeling of kicking back and enjoying a little down time. Sometimes that means a few less workouts and a few more ice cream cones than we had planned for.
Fall is a great time to rethink your goals and put fitness into your schedule book. With the onset of autumn come a cooler, more invigorating environment and a more structured routine. With the beginning of school, busier traffic patterns, and many other obligations, you have a need to become more efficient. Sometimes having a busy schedule works in your favor. When you prioritize your time, you realize what is really important to you. One of those important activities should be exercise!
Now, when I say exercise, it can mean anything active, not just a structured routine. Just adding a 30 minute walk in the morning or a late afternoon stretching session can change your health and overall outlook, making other obligations seem a little less arduous. Little changes quickly move into a desire to want more of what you got a small taste of. That means that by the time September ends, you could be walking five days a week, sleeping better and eating more healthfully. It may sound unlikely, but your body wants to feel good, so it will crave exercise and vitamin-rich food. Changes will happen organically, you’ll see!
So, this autumn, make a few small changes in your daily routine. Start your day with oatmeal and a smoothie followed by a short walk around your neighborhood. Or work on your mind/body connection in the evening with stretches and candlelight to decompress, followed by a meal of chicken or veggie stirfry. In less than a month, with consistency and dedication, you will have transformed your attitude to one in control of your health. You will definitely feel a lot better about your busy schedule if you make transition time work for you and your goals!

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