Tips for staying active in cooler weather

Hello fall! It was 53 degrees when I walked outside yesterday morning and I could really feel fall in the air. The fall season signifies cooler weather and shorter days, but that doesn't mean that our fitness option are limited, because we can continue activities like walking, jogging, cycling or hiking and seeing the beautiful fall foliage. Check out these tips for staying active, even as the temperature begins to drop.

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And the results are in...

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday... 

The end of 30 for 30 has come and gone... The days flew, my body ached and here we are in May.  But what a great 30 days it was! What did I learn?

  1. To run the mile I'm in.  Wishing for the workout to be over before it even began wasn't going to get me anywhere.  I took each literal and metaphorical step as it came, with each piece of a workout and with the month as a whole.
  2. Nothing is as hard as taking the first step.  Deciding to do something is the first step, but actually doing it is the toughest.
  3. When I workout, food becomes fuel and I want the fuel to be the best possible. I cut back on sugar and cut out artificial sweeteners entirely.  Why? Because when I'm moving my body and working out, I want healthy fuel and don't crave the "junk." Being a huge sweets lover, this is huge!
  4. It's not just about burning the calories, it's about changing your metabolic rate.  Through consistent workouts, one actually changes their metabolic rate, which is the speed at which your body processes food, takes what it needs to sustain itself and repair muscles and then gets rid of the rest.  This means that unused food is not just sitting in your body.
  5. Morning workouts were the best for me.
Now, the real results!
  1. My legs are more toned after just 30 days of various workouts.
  2. The "dimples" on my thighs have greatly diminished.
  3. I lost 4.5 pounds (not quite 5) but gained visible muscle.
  4. I've noticed an improvement not only in my physical appearance, but also in my emotional well-being.  Endorphins are legitimate and I found that I got cranky if I didn't work out.
  5. I slept better, my first thought out of bed in the morning wasn't "need coffee now" and it jump-started a healthy lifestyle that I'd been slacking on for a few months.
Most importantly, this program has really connected me with many of my readers, who shared with me their daily workout struggles and challenges.  That, my friends, has been the most valuable attribute of this experience.  You all kept me honest with this challenge, as I knew I had to "report" everyday on my activities.  I hope you'll each continue your journeys and are as inspired by this challenge, as I am by all of you...
Oh, and I fit in the dress!

Last Day in 30 for 30

I love this quote... In my "younger days" I had an idea of what my life would look like, and now, when I take a look around me, it's way better than what I imagined.  Life is funny like that, if we choose to look at it with a positive pair of eyes and with a "glass half full" type mentality.  Side note complete... onto the workouts!

Wow.  Last workout in the 30 for 30,  but definitely not my last workout, period.

This stretch of workouts has taught me discipline, and renewed my fitness drive.  Stay tuned for a full summary of how the month panned out and whether I met my goal of feeling 30% better and losing 5 pounds!

Today, to end the 30 day program, I have my longest run to date.  First, I'm headed north for a friend's baby shower, for which I made a special gift.  Stay tuned for more info on that ... I was really excited to see how great they turned out! After returning from the baby shower, I'll take the run and then get ready for our event tonight.  The dress fits like a glove and I couldn't be happier!

What fun plans do you have for today? Whatever it is you have on tap, do it with a smile! Until tomorrow...