by Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT
Many great plans are made on January first each year but these are not always successful. Fall is a great season for goal setting as we cannot yet blame delays on snow, cold weather, icy sidewalks, and the excuse list goes on! If you begin an exercise routine now, it can become part of your daily ritual by the time winter arrives.
In early fall, the weather is generally perfect for most activities. It’s a great time to go for a walk, hike, go in-line skating or to play tennis for example. If you’re not a fan of the outdoors, community exercise classes often begin in September. Signing up for an activity with a friend is fun and keeps us more accountable for attending.
Your fitness goals don’t have to be related to a particular sport. Gardening, raking leaves, cleaning out the shed are all activities that require the use of many muscle groups and get your heart rate up . Although they are often viewed as a chore, it is very rewarding to look back later in the day to see what you have accomplished both in your yard and for your body.
Fitness goals often go beyond how we feel but also how we look. A few pounds can be shed and muscles become more toned through exercise. In the next three months, you are likely to see many friends and family members. Get in shape for the holiday season gatherings and celebrations now!
This year, your New Year’s resolution could start on September 22nd!
To learn more, please feel free to contact Empower Physical Rehabilitation at 902-865-8100.