Summer is simply the best, I think we can almost all agree, but fall isn't too far behind in the favorite season category for most of us. Fall, especially in Northern Michigan as absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. The weather is amazing and the colors are gorgeous. As the temps cool of, sadly we put away the swimsuits and watch our tans fade away. The good ol football hoodies become a daily favorite. Along with the weather and wardrobe change come a huge schedule change for those of us with kids. Back to the daily routine of alarm clocks, packing lunches and snacks, after school taxiing and activities, dinner, and homework all to go to bed and do it all over again the next day. Not going to lie, but with an 8th grader, 5th grader, and 3rd grader I was kind of looking forward to putting these crazy girls back into a routine. Although their new routine also changes up my routine A LOT! This is the time of year where everyone gets incredibly busy and overwhelmed with activities, the comfy cushy clothes come back out, we get exhausted, then naturally put ourselves on the back burner. No longer are you trying to eat as healthy, you are slipping into those cozy clothes, you aren't making your workout time a priority in your busy schedule, and you slip FAST. You know as well as I do, a week or two off while you are trying to get into the fall grove and suddenly its a week, next a month, then a year goes by and you slipped away. Right now the gyms are slow, the local trails for biking and running are nearly abandon, and everyone is trying to figure out what and how to eat during this in between of summer BBQ and winter comfy food.
You are missing out on the best time of the year to workout!!!!!
The heat of the summer has now passed, the humidity is nearly gone, and you can't beat the amazing color change outside! Now is the time to get out and hike or mountain bike through the woods on nature trails, or get on the road bike or your sneakers on for a good cool jog or ride. I know you are CRAZY busy, but you are missing out on SO MUCH of you let fall slip away from you. Most importantly, make the time for yourself and make it a priority. You may think you are being a good parent by carting your kids to their activities while staying on top of the important responsibilities of the household, but if you are doing these things while being crabby from a lack of exercise (which you know makes you a much happier person) then you are really not being a good parent at all. The happiness you carry within you is the most important thing you give to them every single day. For years and year and even still today I hear the same ol question, "why do you workout so hard? Are you training for something?" My answer, "heck yes I'm training for something...it's called life!" "I'm training hard because I need to keep my sanity even more so than my physical fitness." "I'm training because I have three daughters at home watching me." "I'm training so that when one of my daughters coaches needs a fill-in on the soccer field or basketball court, I can get out there and play with them." These are the reasons I train. Training is not about vanity, and I need to make this a REALLY big point to those that think "gym people" are so vain. There is a really good chance that people that think "gym people" are vain, have never really stepped foot inside of a commercial gym. Most of us there are not supporting a six-pack set of abs and watching ourselves in the mirror nonstop. If you have ever seen any of my workouts, then you know the level at which I am working, and I don't have the shredded bod to show off because quite frankly I like to eat and eat a lot. The workouts are about my sanity, the athletic build is just a positive side-effect.
Be a Priority
Dr. MJ Wegmann,