I am sure you have heard it all before. But, getting fit often seems far harder to do than it sounds.
Are you feeling like you have fallen and cannot get up and motivated?
Exercise and fitness can seem daunting – especially as we age or have been sedentary for a while. Often the thought of starting a fitness or exercise routine seems impossible or just too scary. Many people just can’t find or make the time for fitness. Others are afraid that they just cannot do it – or will look foolish. Some people feel embarrassed to get into the gym and let others “see” they are out of shape. We can make excuses or can make changes to fall into fitness.
Let’s face it – things in motion stay in motion. It is simple physics. LifeFit™ stresses bio mechanics and how it plays a foundational role in your fitness. Every day that you get moving – even just a little bit – helps your overall well-being.
Start simply by setting realistic goals and expectations for yourself. Fitness is about you, not the other person next to you on a treadmill. Each day strive for the best you can do. Showing up for fitness is half the battle. Some people start exercising and get frustrated with some soreness or not seeing immediate results. Falling into fitness is often a leap of faith – but, if you believe in yourself and what you’re doing today – it will make a difference in how you feel and look.
10 Tips to Fall into Fitness
The beginning of fall is like January 1. People make resolutions. Summer is over, and it’s easy to get motivated to get into a routine and take your fitness to the next level. Here’s a list of the 10 workout and nutrition guidelines to ensure you fall into fitness and reach your goals.
The approaching end of summer often sends folks into a tailspin of activity and often some sadness. For cold weather folks, it’s the end of warm weather and many outside activities. But, do the seasons really impact how we feel? So what is it about the warmer months? This is the science of summer.
Here’s Why You Feel Healthier, Happier & More Energetic in The Summer
- Sunlight eases mild depression.
Shorter grey fall and winter days can lead SAD or seasonal affective disorder. In fact, about 6 percent of people have winter depression and up to 20 percent more have mild SAD. Four times more common in women, SAD is alleviated in the longer, sunnier days of summer. One mechanism for this is the brain’s ability to produce more of your feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin with sunlight.
- We tend to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Another factor to consider is fresh produce. There’s something ancestral about eating fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farms during the summer months. These foods are rich in vitamins and phytonutrients that boost your immune system, brain, and mood. If you feel better in the summer months, it may be as simple as an increase in foods from the farmer’s market.
It is important to remember, that it’s never too late to fall into fitness. Don’t let the shorter or colder days deter you from healthy Summer habits throughout the Fall and Winter. Some people have a harder time and experience Seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
SAD begins at the end of the summer and the beginning of fall. This combined with aging, lack of fitness, menopause, or low Testosterone can cause a snow ball effect of many symptoms.
The symptoms (Source)
- Tiredness or low energy
- Appetite change, especially craving foods with carbs
- Weight gain
If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, or daughters if you notice changes in your dad’s habits or mood, consult your doctor and treat the symptoms properly with exercise and medication if needed.
Lifestyle and home remedies (Source)
- Make your environment sunnier and brighter- open blinds and move your desk next to a window.
- Get outside- even on cold days, fresh air can help.
- Exercise regularly- it can lift your mood.
Even if you do not experience symptoms of SAD, practice doing things that require psychical exercise and fresh air. Here are active chores and winter activities to keep your mind and body healthy this fall and winter (always check with your physician to make sure your healthy and fit before starting new or different activities)
- Raking the leaves
- Shoveling the driveway
- Cross country skiing
Reminders to maintain a healthy body and mind:
- Get enough sleep
- Get up and move
- Eat healthy
- Limit tobacco and alcohol use