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FITNESS DURING THE CHANGING SEASONS

The changing seasons can wreak havoc on your work out routine. The milder weather draws us outside for walks, biking, or running, but that can be interrupted by a rainy day. The heat can seem insurmountable, making it harder to get started, or surprisingly chilly -- so try having some alternative options in mind. Keep these basic ideas in mind when designing your fitness routine.
  • Own Your Goals: Allow your goals to change as you progress. Break them down into smaller goalposts. Use the SMART method: Make them Specific (what and how), Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely (set an achievable date!).
  • Consider the Weather: Wear UV-protective sunglasses and a hat when it's sunny. Dress in light colors to reflect the sun' rays. Take a water bottle. If heat or stormy weather cancels your outdoor workout, try interval walking at the mall. On hot days, head to your local community pool and swim some laps! Remember, this time of year the weather changes daily, sometimes hourly! So be prepared!
  • Try the Buddy System: It can be difficult to start a new routine by yourself, so consider elisting a friend to help you get into your workout routine.
  • Make New Routines: No routine can block commitment and progress, but don't be afraid to change once in a while if the one you have no longer works for you. Sometimes you may want to spice it up with new workouts or trade in one walk a week for an aerobics class at your local community center.
  • Be Kind to Yourself: If you do miss a couple of days of exercise, just start up again as soon as possible.
  • Track Your Progress: Journal your workouts. Make yourself accountable to yourself and your fitness schedule. Keeping track of the calories you burn gives you that sense immediate accomplishment that can spur you on.
A new rule here at Peter's Principles, and one to pay serious attention to is: If your use a headset and are walking or running ... keep the volume down! Be sure you can hear the traffic and remain aware of your surroundings. Remember the saying, "Fitness is not a destination, it is a way of life!"

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