Quarterly Resolutions; Turn over a new leaf this fall
September 1, 2018
Don't wait until January to turn over a new leaf. The New Year's resolution phenomenon is born of people's desire to set goals. Goals are set using the most critical and unique part of the brain - executive function. Executive function allows humans to accomplish tasks based on planning vs instinct which separates us from animals. The executive function has us set goals, providing direction and clarity and fulfillment once accomplished.
So knowing how the human brain works, why only set a fitness resolution once a year knowing that most resolutions set in January are shelved by about March. Instead as so many things change in September - cooler weather, a season packed full of holidays, sweaters, school buses - take this time to also take stock of your fitness routine.
A perfect fitness plan honestly has four parts that are goal driven based on season. Winter - try new classes, partner with friends for fitness since just about anyone can be convinced to hit the gym in January and February. Spring - bathing suit season is fast approaching and calorie burning workouts become the priority. Summer - take your workouts outside; enjoy physical activities as workouts, hiking, swimming, kayaking, etc.
Fall is the perfect season to take stock of what you enjoyed the past 9 months and spend three months doing a varied weekly workout routine that combines HIIT classes, mind body training, cardio and a sport of your choice to keep your workouts inspired.
So turn over a new leaf as sweater weather and comfort foods come back into season.