F.A.L.L. Fitness: 4 Steps to Success

Here we are. The fall season has begun. Schools are open. Cooler temperatures are right around the corner. And the aroma of pumpkin spice is in the air. (I’m not expressing my opinion on pumpkin spice. I’m no rookie. I know there are strong opinions here and that’s not what this blog is about!) This blog is about setting you up for success when it comes to your fitness regimen. With the kids back in school and the summer behind us, it’s time to refocus on our personal health and recommit to our fitness goals.

Fitness is a funny thing. We all want to be fit, and yet the daily demands of our professional and personal lives make it a challenge to feel like we’re succeeding in our pursuit of overall good health. I hope these 4 simple – yet challenging – steps will help you refocus and recommit this season.

Let’s focus on the F.A.L.L.

  1. Find an activity or exercise outlet that you can stick with. It brings you joy and makes you feel accomplished. This is the group fitness or individual exercise activity that you can commit to for at least the next few months.
  2. Acknowledge that committing to this fulfilling exercise may mean other activities have to be put on the back burner for another season. Your plate is only so big, and overloading it only leads to feelings of being overwhelmed and defeated.
  3. Log your progress in your chosen exercise activities. Track your weight loss, record your attendance in your group fitness classes, or document your personal workouts. When you’re struggling, this log will encourage you to keep going, and will be an excellent tool that illustrates your forward momentum.
  4. Lifestyle will begin to feel natural. This is important as you change your activity level, and acknowledge the commitment required to reach your fitness goals. Long-term healthy engagement equals a new normal. Good habits produce positive results.

As you continue to make positive choices in terms of your physical fitness, these steps are key. Be encouraged. Join a Body & Soul Fitness class in your area or commit to starting a class if one is not already established. This has been my experience. I wanted to be more active and participate in a group fitness class where I was encouraged, where I felt welcome, and where I could make new friends. Body & Soul Fitness has become the exercise outlet I was searching for. It is a priority that takes precedence over other schedule-stealing appointments. I log my participation which keeps me on track, and it has transformed my physical fitness lifestyle. I am grateful for the F.A.L.L. reminder.

May this fall season be the one that you always remember as the turning point in your fitness lifestyle. Here’s to kids back to school, cooler temperatures, and all things pumpkin spice. Bring it on!

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Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, certified personal trainer, ACE faculty and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She is a leader in the fitness industry and a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email amy@bodyandsoul.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.

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