End of Summer

Keep It Glowing

by Michelle Sutton-Kerchner

Summer is quickly fading. Wrap it up on a healthy note with these takeaways …

It isn’t over yet. Before you turn thoughts and energy to autumn, use this season’s closure to inspire some health initiatives. When September arrives, you’ll be glad you did.

Kick It Up

Add an extra workout to the last weeks of August. Dedicate an hour each week to experimenting with various fitness methods. Try a new class, use different equipment, or get in the Center pool. Ask a trainer for suggestions. S/he can spark excitement and provide support as you try new exercises.

Schedule an extra fitness hour this week.

If your summer schedule interfered with your fitness routine, now is the time to get back on track. By returning to a formal fitness schedule, it will be easier to remain committed as life’s pace increases in the fall.

Member Radhika wished she started sooner, as do most after feeling the positive effects of fitness. Through working with her personal trainer, she learned fitness can be a fun experience rather than something dreadful. Thanks to a sustainable workout, she lost 20 pounds and feels stronger, fitter, and slimmer than ever. Why procrastinate feeling fabulous! Go into fall with a summer-built body. (Dare we mention– you need to be ready for the holidays’ caloric onslaught.)

Get Outdoors

Breathe it in. Let it go.

Soak up the heat, sunshine, and a healthy reserve of vitamin D. No one ever reflects out a frosted winter window and laments not spending more time indoors. Enjoy nature now while it is thriving. Thrive with it by getting active outside. Walk the neighborhood, hike trails, stretch and meditate in the grass.

Allow the grounding energy of the earth to help you focus on strengthening your body and soul. Nature is beneficial to mental health. It promotes the positivity needed to succeed in all areas of a balanced life, including everything from fitness to career goals. Be mindful during these pleasant days. You’ll want to remember the details when confined at home during winter’s worst weather.

Freeze It

Summer produce is plentiful. If you can resist eating it faster than it’s replenished, freeze some for later. Fruits like berries are easy to wash and save. Locally grown vegetables can be used in future soups and stews to comfort away the chilly days ahead. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, they’ll be a great immune booster when colds and flu abound.

Do It Now

Organization powers motivation.

Before the year’s final quarter, get organized. Don’t wait until the rush of fall. The pressure of an approaching deadline often gets things done. The summer weeks no longer stretch well into the horizon. Before the sun sets on the season, get things done.

September may mean back to school for kids, the end of summer work hours and vacation season for adults, and increased obligations. Do not procrastinate what you can prepare now. You will feel more organized and in control as you start fresh in the fall. Do not start a new season already trying to catch up.

Refreshing joy!

While you’re at it, don’t postpone joy. We only get so many seasons in this lifetime. Do what is necessary to live a stronger, happier, healthier tomorrow. No regrets, just gratitude.