Now is the perfect time to start a new fitness routine. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions and do not stick to them. Fall is a great time because the Back To School routine affects everyone, even if they are not going to school.
Fall is a great time to take advantage of the “Back to School” sales. There are many sales on sport shoes and athletic wear. Try on lots of different shoes to see what feels best. The weather in many parts of the country is more hospitable to outdoor fitness events. As the routines of going back to school get started for kids, adults can make new routines of their own.
In 2009, Phillippa Lally did research on forming new habits and found that on average it takes 66 days for people to self-report doing something automatically. Remember, a habit is something that we do not have to think much about doing. Lally says that to develop a habit, there needs to be some kind of cue to follow through on the new habit. This is where Fall and Back To School can help provide the cues. Get the kids on the bus and then go for that walk or when you see the bus go down the street, jump on the treadmill. Use something that is seen everyday to be the cue.
Remember, a sound fitness program includes something that exercises your heart and lungs, like aerobic exercises. Aerobic exercises are things like dancing, running, swimming, and biking. They are activities that use large muscle groups and can be sustained for about 20 minutes. The program should also include exercises that help to build strength for both muscles and bones. Weight lifting is not for everyone, but exercises that build strength can be old-fashioned calisthenics. Remember to stretch and stay limber as this keeps your muscles and arteries flexible.
It is important to set small, measurable goals. It is good to remember to slowly build your new health habit. If getting in shape is your goal, find a fitness class or find an exercise partner. If eating better is important, then start by changing one thing about your diet today. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for tips and suggestions. Take some time to enjoy the good weather and fall into fitness.