Summer is over and Fall is here. The children are back to school and everyone has settled back into their routines for the school year. I know your days are full and your nights never seem long enough. But this is not the time to fall off and quit exercising. I know many of you are starting to make your resolutions now for the New Year. I promise you that you don’t want to fall off now. If you do, you will lose so much ground over the next three months, that it will be like starting all over again come January. There are a few reasons for the Fall fall off. Do you identify with any of the following excuses?
- The children have a lot of activities that keep me busy
- We spend most of the night doing homework
- I’d have to get up at 4am to get a workout in before taking the children to school and then getting to work.
- Weekends are the only days I have to get things done around the house.
- The Holidays are coming up and I don’t want to be on a diet
It’s true that during the summer months you have less of these excuses but you still had to work and pick up and drop of your children. The solution is to schedule your workout like everything else on your calendar. Most trainers are super flexible and will meet you early in the morning, on your lunch break, or whenever you can get in at least 30 minutes of exercise.
As for your diet, cooking on a school night can be challenging. It’s definitely easier to get dinner in a drive thru, do home work, then get the children ready for bed. Breakfast the next morning needs to be even quicker and just as easy so you can get to work on time. However, with a little planning you can serve nutritious meals to your family every day of the week. You can also train yourself to choose the healthiest options even when your out at a restaurant or at a holiday gathering.
I challenge you to stay on track and keep up with your health and wellness routine all year-long. If you want results you have to keep doing what works. Even after you reach your goals you’ll need to do something to maintain it. I’m sorry but you never really get a break from living a healthy lifestyle. Once you commit to making a change, you can’t go back to the way you were. Not even for a few months.
The Little Things You Can Do Today
- Make sure to schedule your weekly workouts in advance
- Plan your meals a month at a time
- Cook your meals for the week on Sunday
- Try cooking some meals for the month that can be frozen and thawed and heated when you need a quick meal
- Find activities that you can do with your spouse and children that will also burn calories. (Think bowling, roller skating, or table tennis)
Until Next Week,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin, PT
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- Don’t Fall Back (recipe-rocity.com)