It is hard to believe that fall is here and that the holiday season and winter sport’s months are almost upon us. However, it is an ideal time to sit down and revamp your fitness plan for the rest of this year and into 2014.
Therefore, apply the ten fall fitness strategies highlighted below to set the stage for an incredible fall training season, a less stressful, more enjoyable holiday season and the best entry into a new year that you have ever experienced. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Ten Fall Fitness Strategies
Strategy one – Plan your fitness program out in writing for the next six months. Break it down into daily, weekly and monthly segments each with a very detailed set of goals for which to strive. Consider what activities you would like to participate in (i.e. skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and ice skating during the winter and preparation for cycling/running come spring) and how proficient you would like to be at those activities, what body composition you would like to attain (i.e. lean to fat ratio), and how you would like to feel prior to and following the holiday season (i.e. able to wear your favorite clothes now and into 2014).
Strategy two –If weight loss is a goal, then start today by finding 100kcal that you could live without and eliminate it from your eating regimen. In one year, all other things being equal and no additions made, you could drop ten pounds from that one small change. If you have been considering beginning an exercise program, do it today. Do not delay. You have six weeks until Thanksgiving and you could potentially be well on your way to a terrific fitness level in six weeks. Move It!
Strategy three – Speaking of moving it, move it every day. If it is not possible to be outdoors, then walk up the stairs in your home or around the house, five minutes, five times a day. *Challenge – following a five-minute warm-up, perform ten repetitions of high/low rows with resistive tubing or from a multi-gym; ten repetitions of squats followed by ten repetitions of pushups, for ten sets.
Strategy four– Incorporate high intensity interval training into your fitness program. Not only will you burn more calories and more fat, but you will train the body for power which diminishes as we age. Power is essential throughout our lives. It is the combination of strength and speed, allowing us to move with confidence and control.
Strategy five – Contact a registered dietician and have them develop a dietary plan specifically for you.
Strategy six – Get your friends and families involved in your quest, and surround yourself with others that will encourage and empower you to reach your fitness goals. Avoid negative influences!
Strategy seven – Meditate daily, enrich your soul and spirit and read inspirational and educational information. Feed your mind and that will in turn feed your body.
Strategy eight – Determine what is holding you back from reaching your full fitness potential and make the necessary positive changes to reach that potential.
Strategy nine – Optimal fitness takes time it is a marathon, not a sprint.
Strategy ten – Be accountable.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net, her blog at www.skyhidailynews.com and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.