Even though bathing suit weather has passed and the shorts and short skirts are going into storage, fall is still a great time to begin reaching your fitness goals. The cool weather makes those morning or evening runs and walks all the more pleasant. Wouldn't we all love to have more energy, be healthier, and look and feel more attractive? I know I would. Which is exactly why I have decided this is going to be the fall I work very hard to get in shape. Forget waiting until January 1st. Maybe part of my personal reasoning is due to the fact that we have a company wide seminar that is taking place on a cruise in February ;) or...maybe it's just because I want to look like the chick in the picture below:
Either way I'm getting in shape and I'm excited! Starting a workout regiment can be daunting, but personally I often find that most of my fear is mental. Luckily there are many helpful plans that can ease the process from going to drop dead lazy to energetic runner. Several plans exist on the internet to help just about anyone become a runner, no matter what their experience and fitness level. I am currently working on this one. It's called Super Skinny Me. Yes, please. Day three and so far so good. I'll keep you updated on my process.
Many plans such as the above one, offer a tiered program combining walking and running which recommend alternating the two for specified periods of time. For example, walk for three minutes and run for one during your first workout, and increase the running increments on a daily basis throughout a several-week workout until you can run for thirty minutes without stopping. The best thing about plan such as the one I mentioned is that you can work at a pace that works for you.
I have found some great tips to help keep you motivated and encourage you not to give up after day 5. The number 1 tip is to consider finding a friend who is at a similar fitness level as you, so you can push each other and hold one another accountable. Just give it a chance.
Some other tips include investing in a good pair of tennis shoes. You will be amazed at the difference this makes. Good music and eating right can also help you ease into running. And don't forget to stretch to prevent injuries!
This fall, take that step you’ve been wanting to take and start running!