Let's Keep Fit This Fall!
by University District
To gain some top tips for fall fitness, we turned to fitness expert Rachel Joy Olsen, the General Manager of Orangetheory fitness, Calgary NW.
Vacations are over, kids are back-to-school, the weather is getting cooler, and Halloween is around the corner, it’s a great time to regroup and think about getting our fitness regime back on track. After all, staying active at any age is important for a healthy body and mind.
Rachel says “Fall is an ideal time of year to shift your fitness into a new gear. As we transition into a new season, we’re back to work mode, so now is the time to include exercise in our schedule, “Here are my top five tips to stay fit this fall, they will help keep you active and healthy through the winter season and have you fighting fit and ready for next summer.”
Five Tips for Staying Fit This Fall
1. Make a commitment to yourself
No matter what you choose to do, whether it’s a new fitness routine, eating healthier, getting a new job or starting your own business, the most important thing you can do to ensure your success is to make a commitment to yourself to do what it takes to be successful. Start by committing to 30-days of a regular fitness routine, or some type of physical activity, three to four days per week. This initial commitment will set you up for success as you develop new healthy habits.
2. Be specific with your plan.
Once you’ve committed to your regular fitness routine, it’s important to set specific goals and develop a clear plan. For example, you may decide that your goal is to do some sort of physical activity three to five days per week. You decide that you’re going to go to the gym or fitness classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday and yoga on Tuesday and Thursday.
When you are specific with the activity and days of the week, even the time of day you will do this activity, you will increase your chances of making it happen. When you come up with your plan, book this activity into your calendar and keep that appointment as you would with any important meeting.
3. Team up with family members or friends
Fitness doesn’t have to be a chore; it can be enjoyable quality time with a buddy or family. Challenge your family and friends to commit to their own personal goals or connect with them to do your workouts together. When you have a community of people doing the activity with you it’s more fun and will be easier for you to keep the commitment with yourself.
4. Track your progress
Keep a journal, or log of your workouts. Something as simple as placing a checkmark on a calendar or seeing the completed session marked off in your diary or smart phone will help you stay focused. If you use a heart rate monitor, or some other type of tracking device, you will be able to visually confirm your commitment to yourself as well as watch the improvements in your performance over time.
5. Mix things up
It is important to try and trial different fitness options to find what is a fit for you, but also to occasionally mix things up. After you have been doing the same thing for a while, it may be time for a refreshing change. Choose a new activity, join a new gym or fitness studio to try different workouts. This will help you move your body in new ways and meet new people. You may find this is exactly what you need to stay committed and focused on accomplishing your goals.
What is Orangetheory Fitness and how can they help you stay fit this fall?
We asked General Manager Rachel to tell us five things about Orangetheory Fitness for those who may be considering it as a fitness option.
“At Orangetheory Fitness, we offer full-body group workouts with options in and out-of-studio to make it simple for you to get #morelife out of your workout!
We focus on heart rate-based training guaranteed to produce results from the inside out. Our workout is backed by science and designed to super-charge your metabolism for better results. All workouts are tracked by technology so you can monitor your results in real time. Each workout is inspired and led by certified coaches to make sure you don’t overtrain or undertrain.”
Find Orangetheory on Retail Main Street in University District: 4128 University Ave NW
For more about Orangetheory Fitness, read our Q & A with Matt Kellett, former CFL professional football player and owner of the University District location.
Another fitness studio option easily accessible to the University District community is the recently opened YYC Cycle. See what they offer or schedule a spin cycle here.
Find YYC Cycle on Retail Main Street in University District: 4118 University Ave NW
Walk, Run, Cycle…
With 40 acres of park space in U/D and more easily accessible in the surrounding area, getting outside among nature while keeping fit this fall is easily done.
University District has been designed as a walking and cycling community and is connected to a 12km path system that makes getting moving easy and fun. Take a regular stroll, run or cycle into the Bow River valley and breathe in the stunning natural beauty as you get active.
See our guide to local Open Spaces and Parks. There are options for doggy fitness too!
Whatever fitness options you choose as a fit for you, now is the time to include exercise in your schedule at any age. Let’s all get set for a healthy fall!
Find Orangetheory Fitness on U/D’s Retail Main Street. Along with specials and offers, they have great ideas to share about keeping fit this Fall! Read their helpful thoughts and share your feedback here and with University District on Facebook, @udistrictyyc_ on Instagram or Twitter. And let’s stay connected and fit this fall!