Fall Into Fitness: Tips From The Pros
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Do you love exercise, but think you’re too busy this season to stay with it? Do you need a motivation boost to start or continue with your exercise routine? Are you pregnant and afraid you’ll have to forego altogether (or at the very least, curtail) your usual exercise routine? Whatever your situation, you may just find the inspiration you’re looking for to stay fit this Fall with these tips from some of my favorite pros.
Find Purpose & Listen To Your Body
Nancy Clark, MS, RD, author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook (www.nancyclarkrd.com), says “Find an outdoor activity with purpose and meaning — walk with a friend, rake leaves, take the family on a hike, take dancing lessons, bike to work, or get a dog and walk it.” She adds, “Exercise that has purpose and meaning tends to be sustainable.” Clark urges pregnant women to always listen to their bodies and to find enjoyable activities to engage in. “Life has seasons, and pregnancy might be a good time to find a new, more comfortable form of exercise, like swimming or walking instead of running” Clark adds.
Strike a Pose
Dying to try yoga? Keri Gans, MS, RD, a registered dietitian (and diehard yogi) with a NYC-based private nutrition consulting practice (www.kerigansnutrition.com) recommends that those new to yoga should start with a beginner’s class. She warns “If you take a class that’s too advanced, you might get discouraged and not want to return.” She also urges novices to not give up yoga altogether if they don’t love their first class. Gans says “With so many types of yoga to choose from and different styles of teaching, you’re bound to find one you love and want to stick with–I know I did!”
Squeeze Fitness In
According to Jenny Hein, an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Brigette Polmar, a journalist and published author, cofounders of www.squeezeitin.com, “Every chore, every errand, and everything you do throughout the day is an opportunity to be stronger, firmer and healthier.” They add “If you start to view your surroundings differently, you may just find that life can be your workout!” Hein and Polmar suggest turning overwhelming daily chores like vacuuming and cleaning the kitchen into 10-minute burst of exercise. They add “According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA), three 10-minute mini bursts of moderate intensity activity dome over the course of a day can be as beneficial as a continuous 30-minute workout.”
Check out these links to help you easily squeeze in some moves: http://www.squeezeitin.com/2009/01/va-va-va-vacuum/; http://www.squeezeitin.com/2008/12/chestpress/; and http://www.squeezeitin.com/2009/04/cardio/.
Fit Your Form
Lauren Slayton, MS, RD, founder of Foodtrainers (www.foodtrainers.net), a NYC-based nutrition practice, and an avid athlete says “One issue with cooler temps is clothing.” According to Slayton, “During the Summer, having your body on display while wearing a swimsuit or shorts provides built-in motivation, but Fall and Winter are another story since we can hide behind bulky sweaters and coats and forget there’s a body under there.” Slayton urges us as we shop for clothes this Fall to buy some form fitting sweaters and waisted pants. She adds “If all else fails, pull out a swimsuit and try it on from time to time.”
What’s your favorite way to fit in fitness and stay motivated in Fall?
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