How to Get Back on Track: Exercise
By Dodi Darrow
Did you fall off the healthy-living horse this summer? Let’s talk about getting back on the horse of health!
If you have school aged kids, then you may be crazy excited when school starts back! (Not that I am… I’m really just guessing here.) Now you might have more time for your awesome self! Unless you’re a teacher, of course—teachers, we love you! So, how do you use this extra time and get back in the swing of regular workouts and healthier eating after lazing on the beach and drinking margaritas all summer? (Not that I have… I’m just guessing again, ahem.)
Energy can be high in the fall—our vitamin D levels are at an all-time high following summer and you have hopefully gotten some time away from work and re-charged in your introverted/extroverted way of choice. Perhaps you read a “guilty pleasure” or maybe a couple self-help or organizational books, and you’re ready to get in a healthy daily routine again.
But what does that look like and how do you do it? To make it less overwhelming, we're going to break it down into three parts: working out, eating, and mental and emotional health.
Here's how to get started.
Ask yourself: “What was I doing for workouts when I felt my healthiest, best self?” (Think of your answer and read on.)
Here are some possible answers, followed by action steps.
I was taking classes at the gym.
- Renew your gym membership.
- Look at their offerings for classes, then immediately write which days and times you will be going on your calendar.
- Try to get yourself in there at least 3 times a week. If you miss a day, don’t give up.
- Stick to it.
I was running, training for a marathon or 5K, jogging/walking with my bestie after work.
- Pick a reliable bestie/friend to workout with!
- Call your friend, get your plan in writing, on both your calendars and hold each other accountable. Make an oath that nothing will come between you and your designated exercise time.
- There are numerous running plans on the interwebs you can follow solo or together.
- Check out more tips for exercising with a partner.
I was practicing yoga regularly.
- Renew your membership to a yoga studio or gym with yoga classes. Search around and find the yoga studio that suits you best, check out their different types of classes and decide what you cannot live without. Put those classes and times in your calendar!
- If a home workout is more realistic for you, search YouTube for yoga videos you can do at home or check out a good yoga app. Make a goal to do yoga at home a certain amount of times per week.
I was enrolled in an outdoor bootcamp, climbing, tennis, rollerblading group.
- Do not wait. Find that group or activity. Put it on the calendar.
- Get your equipment ready and go.
I was doing some combination of all of these things when I felt my healthiest self. Remember: It doesn’t matter WHAT the activity is, as long as you love it and it makes you feel your best self. Check out our fitness posts for more ideas.
Now get started!
Jessica Hamlin is an LA-born and bred journalist and editor who started taking pictures of food back when everyone used film cameras. A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s health coach training program, she’s passionate about wellness and enjoys making and discovering delicious and healthy food. Her work has appeared in Clean Plates, NPR affiliate KPCC, AOL, and Eater LA.