The summer has come to an end, and we now find ourselves entering one of my most favorite times of the year – the Fall!
For most of us over sixty, this seasonal change means saying goodbye to shorts, bathing suits and tanks. A lot of women feel that less-revealing clothing means they can indulge and take a break with their fitness routine. While I always say yes to indulging now and then, I advise against taking any sort of hiatus or break with staying active. In fact, I think Autumn is the perfect time to establish healthier habits to stay motivated in our wellness journeys as we barrel toward the holidays.
Here are five ways to kick things into gear and stay motivated:
- Start each day by recognizing one goal, one obstacle and one thing you’re grateful for. I’m a big believer in writing things down with an old fashioned notebook and pen when establishing healthier habits. Get yourself a beautiful journal and keep it by your bedside. Before you start each day, document a daily goal. A daily goal could be you’d like to run three miles that afternoon. Or you’d like to diffuse a new essential oil or try a new stretch. Follow it up by recognizing a challenge or obstacle that’s been plaguing you – such as your knee hurts, or you’ve felt discouraged in your progress. Round this out by writing down one thing you’re grateful for that day – like the plans that you have that evening, or for the fabulous cocktail you had the night before! By taking the time to recognize your challenges, successes and intentions, you’re allowing yourself to fully understand the scope of opportunity that lies before you.
- Get outside! There are so many fantastic fall-specific activities you can enjoy outdoors. Pumpkin picking, 5ks, and hayrides are a dime a dozen. Grab your girlfriends and enjoy! Soak up some Vitamin D while getting some fresh air. It’s also a great time to visit your local park or beach for a power walk or jog.
- Join a challenge. Lots of gyms launch challenges around this time of year. They encourage their members to sign up for a certain amount of classes for a month’s time. Whether your gym organizes this, or you take it upon yourself to outline your own version of a challenge, setting a timed goal to accomplish something is a great way to stay committed to your fitness and establish healthier habits.
- Stretch daily. The change in season can affect joint pain and arthritis. That’s why it’s crucial that you take time each and every day to stretch – whether you’ve exerted yourself or not. Don’t let the cooler weather take you down. Instead, get into the habit of giving your body the relaxation and recovery it deserves. This way you’re able to continue exercising however you’d like.
- Establish your nighttime ritual. Rest is so important, but many of us suffer when the seasons change. Our bodies have a difficult time adjusting to less or more light, allergens and temperature changes. That’s why, I swear by implementing a nighttime ritual. I enjoy getting into a nightgown or beautiful pajamas, cleaning and moisturizing my face (check out my Amazon store to see what products I’m using) and reading for a half hour or so in bed before turning out the lights. Creating a nighttime routine will allow you to relax and settle into sound sleep, fueling you for the day ahead.
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