By Jen Gendron: Health & Wellness Coach
With summer quickly coming to an end, many of us are preparing for a return to routine after having had a period of holidays, vacationing and enjoying ourselves. During this time, we often get away from our regular fitness routines, choosing instead to take advantage of outdoor time, day trips, etc. As fall approaches, we often look in to “getting back in to” our regular routines for both ourselves and our children. This may mean returning to a fall sport or exercise program that we let go of for the summer months. While it is hard to see the summer come to an end, the fall brings along with it many opportunities for activities that we can enjoy during this wonderful time of year.
If you have taken some time off for the summer and want to get back to your pre-summer routine, just be sure to ease yourself back in gradually. Don’t expect to jump right back in where you left off without having to make some adjustments. If you are getting ready to return to a sport that you have not taken part in for the last few months, some pre-season training to get your body back in to shape and ready to go is a really good idea to help avoid injuries when you get back to playing. If you are considering signing yourself or your kids up for a new fall sport or activity, establishing a base level of fitness before beginning is a good way to not only avoid injury but also, to set yourself up for success.
As we continue to enjoy the nice weather going in to the fall, taking advantage of outdoor activities is great for the entire family. Hiking, cycling and walking/running are all great activities to build up your cardiovascular endurance while getting some fresh air outside. As the temperatures begin to cool down, it is enjoyable to take part in these activities outside once again. We are very fortunate to live in a scenic area with many great trails and paths to explore and fall can be the perfect time to do this with the cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage.
As you shift gears and prepare for back to school and regular routine in the coming weeks, be sure to take some time to consider your fitness routine and how you will make it a regular part of your families’ schedule going into this busy season.
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