Avoid the Fall Slump

FlexRunner There was a definite nip in the air when I took my dogs out this morning. Looking ahead, I see that the lows will be in the 40s and the highs in the 60s for the rest of this week. After that, we all know what happens: the leaves will turn and then fall, snow flakes will appear, daylight will become scarce and our thoughts will turn to hibernation. Don’t let this happen!

Fall is the best time to get out and get active. Pull out your sweatpants and jackets, don a light hat and some of those stretchy knit gloves and go for a walk, bike or jog. Escape the chill outside by taking a hot yoga class, or turn your lunch hour into a power hour with a 20 minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout. Just do something, because whether you know it or not, you probably spend about 75 percent of your waking hours sitting. Check out this article I wrote for the PBS website NextAvenue. It illuminates the wide disparity between our estimated activity levels and our actual activity levels.

Don’t let the weather be another excuse for sitting in front of the television or diminishing your concentration skills on social media. Get up, get dressed, and get out there!


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