As we get closer to the end of October most people become less active. The days get shorter and the temperatures outside start to drop. The mainland experiences this much more than Hawaii. We do have shorter days and lower temperatures but nothing like the mainland. Unless you already have a workout schedule in place, taking your children out trick-or-treating might be your last physical activity for awhile. Once the holiday season is here many people stop working out until the New Year. If the number on the scale has started to tilt in the unfavorable direction, now is the time to be pro-active. Otherwise, you might become scared which will lead to more stress on the body.
If you have diabetes, be sure and check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. There are a variety of ways you can exercise. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to work instead of drive. Ride a bicycle. Surf or swim. Take a hike and enjoy the cooler temperatures in Hawaii at this time. Run on the beach. Walk briskly at Ala Moana Shopping Center. Whatever physical activities you choose make sure it is fun. Why? Studies have shown when individuals enjoy a particular physical activity they will stick with it. Sometimes, the individual enjoys it so much they start looking forward to it.
Instead of getting together to sit on the couch and watch movies with your friends go for a walk or hike. Why not disconnect from the cell phone, computer, etc once in awhile. Give your eyes a break. Take time out daily to relax and meditate. Autumn is the perfect time to try something new instead of feeling blue. We all need time alone where we can revitalize ourselves.
Don’t be frightened by the number on the scale. Instead, make every day a way to stay active this autumn.