Back to School, or Not: Tips to Stay Active during the Fall Season

tipsforstayingactiveIt’s officially Fall, the time of the year where the leaves turn colors, going back to school, and ultimately the beginning of the holiday seasons. Also, it’s a great time to look at current health goals before the craziness of holiday events take over your schedule. Here are a few tips to help you stay active and healthy during the fall.

Depending on your region, temperatures still might vary. Fall might be one of the best times to exercise outside as the mornings are often cool and afternoons warm up. Looking up local parks or hiking trails in your area is a great start. Its a win-win situation when you can surround yourself with beautiful views while becoming healthy and exploring something new. It’s important to remember that exercise doesn’t have to be timed or at the gym.

You may not notice being thirsty as quickly in cool weather which can lead to dehydration. Fall can still have some hot temperatures, so make sure stay hydrated through out the day!

If you suffer from any type of joint pain, walking on nature trails is perfect for you. This helps reduce a repetitive stress that is caused by walking on a treadmill or pavement. If the weather isn’t looking good another option is go head to your local mall and go walking. Getting up and getting out somewhere to be active is better than spending the day inside your home sedentary.

Also, sunscreen is important year round, even when it is cooler or cloudy. Your skin deserves being healthy with the rest of you, so make sure you put on some every time you head outside.

The most important thing is to just get up and go enjoy yourself. Find the things you love to do and find ways to be more active with those activities. Possibilities are limitless!

How do you like to stay active during the fall?

Post by Intern, Lynn Nguyen.  Lynn’s a student in the academy of Health Care Sciences at her school. She’s found a love for fitness, nutrition and health and wellness. 

On-the-Go Accessory Pouch Review from the Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug

We sent Jeannette Fender who writes the blog the Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug one of our On-the-Go Accessory pouches to try out. This is what she had to say:

Active Accessories was created in order to help promote living a healthy lifestyle. Their products are specially designed to make getting out there and getting your workout on easier for you! And they definitely work. I’ve found that I carry it constantly because it’s such an easy and effective way to have only the items that I absolutely need. It’s perfect also for when I take the kids to the park or we walk down the block to the store. Because anytime I need to, I can have my hands free but still have everything I need to feel prepared for any situation! The On-the-Go Accessory Pouch is the perfect stocking stuffer for the mom who likes to get out and go this year! It has made working out and even just chasing the kids easier for me and has been a perfect way to make sure I have everything I need, even when I am on the go!

You can read the entire review here. She has great things to say and included some fabulous photos! Thanks Jeannette!

Tips to Stay Motivated and Strong – Mentally and Physically through Race Day

When you sign up for a road race, you usually have a few months to prepare for the big day. You’re feeling excited and motivated and looking forward to getting started with your training. So how does one maintain motivation, avoid boredom with their training or overcome self doubt after a sub-par run? How do you keep the exciting and motivating feelings from sign up through race day? We’ve put together a few tips for runners who find themselves in this spot.

Tip 1 – Find a Running Buddy.

Have a person you meet up with at least once a week and tackle long runs together. Instead of meeting a friend for dinner or drinks, meet up in workout clothes and head outside. It’s a great way to catch up with someone in an active, healthy way – and the miles fly by!

Tip 2 – Try a New Loop.

Running the same loop over and over is going to get boring.  Try going to a local park or track and check out new scenery.  A good site to search find loops near you is on USA Track and Field.

Tip 3 – Spice Up Your Same Old Loop with Fartleks.

Fartleks break up the monotmy of running your same old loop because your focusing on the watch – not the loop. Try different types of fartlick runs such as:

Fartlek #1 – Run 1-2 Miles warm up then run 1 minute hard – 1 minute easy, 2 minutes hard – 2 minutes easy,  3 minutes hard – 3 minutes easy,  3 minutes hard – 3 minutes easy,  2 minutes hard – 2 minutes easy, 1 minutes hard – 1 minutes easy – then cool down for 1-2 Miles.

Another Fartlek to pass the time and work on your speed is 10x30seconds. Run 30 seconds hard, 30 seconds easy – repeat for a total of 10 times.

Tip 4 – Run in the Morning.

When you put off your run until the evening, you have it sitting on your “To Do” list all day. After a long, tiring day, you might start to see the run as a daunting chore. Avoid this predicament by setting your alarm a bit earlier and running first thing in the morning. Also, crossing something off your list gives you a feeling of accomplishment before you leave the house!

Tip 5 – Don’t sweat a “Bad Run”.

Bad runs happen. Anything from what you ate, how you slept, how stressful your day was, how hydrated you are and what the weather is can all affect your run. Try and figure out the cause of why the run didn’t go as planned, take note and move on.

Tip 6 – Plan Your Weeks.

Everyone is busy. Take time on Sunday nights and plan your week. Deciding what days you will run and what time of day will help keep you on track. Schedule them in your calendar just as you would an appointment.

Tip 7 – Reward Yourself.

Set small goals along the way and reward yourself. If you killed a hard workout, reward yourself with your favorite Italian dish or a cold beer. Be sure to set a reward for race day and if you hit your goal – indulge! You earned it!

What other tips do you have to stay motivated?