I decided that since it’s only a day off for all of us USA’ers Id do a post.
That way should you reside in the USA (*and*have the day off as not all of us do) you mightcould skim, get some tips and, GIT to living life (not reading about living).
Should you live elsewhere, however, you can glean some info and (please? maybe?) share some of your tips & thoughts
(for example: screw you American people for getting a long weekend) in the comments.
Fabulous Fall Tips.
All the reasons to be glad (*sniff sniff*) summer is officially over & some ideas for easily adjusting our lives to the shorter days & cooler temps to come.
Ill start us off:
- Take vitamin D supplements from now until memorial day. Living in the land of unyielding sunshine I skip this one but have friends who swear by it. Any of you supplement your vitamin D in the winter?
- Build in/maintain at least 30 minutes of YOU TIME a day. This sounds like a no-brainer but with the days growing soon shorter DONT make yourself the first item you drop off your Important Things To Do list.
- Make eating healthy a fun fall thang. Seek seasonal fruits and vegetables. Visit a farmers market! Scour your grocery store for “GROWN LOCALLY!” signage. Need help figuring out what is in season? LOOK HERE.
- Do you live, as I do, in a place where you spend less time outside in the summer because of the *heat* and more time outdoors come fall? take full advantage of this! Frolic outside. Need ideas? Watch this.
- Workout while you watch TV! I love me some television. I’ll admit it. I love all the launch of the new fall shows *and* football season. Try working out during the commercials if you dont wanna miss a minute of your favorite show (jump rope, lunge, corework, squats, push ups. ANYTHING). During football games take halftime to *skip the snacks* & exercise or at least do a vigorous field goal & touchdown dance—-for both teams!!
- Remember the 30 Days To A New Habit rule. It takes a month or so for our bodies to adjust to a new healthy habit. Should fall (and the start of school!) mean your workout time is now early morning set yourself up for success. Make a contract with yourself that, even if it’s darker & colder outside, you’ll give the new workout schedule a true effort for one month. You may be surprised how it’s simply part of your routine after 30 days. (if not you can yell at me then. Ill mark my calendar.)
- Treat yourself to fall fitness stuff to make workouts more exciting & alluring. Buy new reflective clothing (or tape. lots of fun to be had with reflective tape!) for the darker fall mornings/post-dinner hour. Set yourself up for success & eliminate excuses for not exercising.
- Layer Layer Layer. Again, set yourself up for success (and not overheating) by layering your clothing when you exercise. That way the ole “Im too friggin hot. I quit!” doesnt work as well.
- Last, but certainly not least is this. We’ve all heard, ad nauseum, how I ADORE my MBT shoes. Today MBT is launching a Thirty Reasons To Walk campaign. They are focusing on the fact that walking is better for the environment than driving & it’s good for our health (physical, mental and spiritual). They’ve teamed up with Map My Walk to encourage us to walk thirty times in thirty days. I ADORE their completely DOABLE yet motivating challenge. You in? The Toddler Tornado and I are for sure.
That’s what Ive got and what I hope will carry this woman through the ‘waaaah summer is over’ blues & past the ‘I loathe the flipping time change’ woes right into spring 2009.
Whatcha got to help me, and the rest of the Bumbling Band, get ready for fall 2008.