Summer can be a busy time with vacations, lazy days by the lake and barbecues… so many barbecues. It can be difficult to stick to a fitness routine with so much going on.
On the bright side, the kids are about to go back to school and most people’s schedules are about to settle back down to a normal rhythm. Whether you have kids or not, this is the perfect time to hit the reset button on your health and wellness routine.
Stuck on how to get started? Here is a simple approach to make getting fit and staying healthy easy as 1-2-3.
Make being active a priority. Many studios and gyms have special promotions this time of year. See what is available in your area and find a time that suits your schedule. The City of Kawartha Lakes launches a variety of fitness and wellness programs in the fall. Their community guide is widely available and registration is as easy as a click or phone call.
There is no need for a grand gesture if getting out to a scheduled class is too intimidating. Connect with a friend and make a plan to get out for a walk every day. Being accountable to someone else will help motivate you to lace up your shoes and the social aspect will help the time pass quickly. You will be getting fit without even realizing it!
Creating lasting change takes time and it is easy to get discouraged when we don’t immediately see the results we are looking for. Don’t just focus on the numbers. How you feel says more about your overall health than the numbers on a scale or pedometer. Find reasons to mark each milestone on your journey - more energy throughout the day, better, more restful sleep, reduced anxiety are all reasons to celebrate.