- I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Fall has definitely arrived where I live. It is now getting darker earlier, and the temperature has dropped. We are no longer able to be active outside in the evening hours. I do love that about the summer....riding bikes at eight o'clock at night is always great fun.
We tend to have a natural slow down when this time of the year comes around. Pretty soon it will be dark at 5:00 p.m., and much of the time that signals us to stop being as active. We also have the tendency to eat more during this time of year, perhaps it is similar to storing up for hibernation.
For these reasons it is important to be conscious of how much we are eating, and what kind of activity we are engaged in during the holiday and winter months. If we are not careful, five to ten pounds can be added to our bodies without us being aware of it.
Make sure that you are exercising even though the days are getting shorter. Make sure that you are choosing to eat mostly natures foods, even though holiday treats, and rich foods are much more available. Most of us are not happy gaining weight, for a few moments of over indulgence.
Choose to be moderate in your "fun" food eating. Take tastes of things, rather than eating full servings of something that is full of sugar, white flour, and fat. Eat slowly and chew slowly so that you can enjoy the flavor of your decadent foods while eating smaller amounts.
Find time to exercise earlier in the day so that the day won't get away from you and you run out of light. Choosing to exercise indoors with a gym membership, home equipment, or exercise videos, are ways to keep your fitness program going when the day light has ended.
It is all in the planning. Make a goal not to put on those winter pounds. Keep your exercise and diet in the healthy zones. Your body does not like it when you gain and lose weight, but rather likes to be at a steady healthy weight. It is not good for your heart to gain and lose pounds, particularly if those pounds start to be thirty, forty, or fifty pounds or more of weight. Best to find a healthy weight and stay there.
I love this time of the year. The leaves are beginning to turn, and the air is a little chillier, football is being played, and the holidays are coming. All we need to do is to be aware of our choices, and then choose the healthy ones!