What’s the most important month for personal health and fitness?
If you answered January, you're not alone. Most people think about New Year’s Resolutions to hit the gym and eat better.
But the real answer is: September.
We’re entering the period – between now and the end of the year – when you still have time to meet your goals for 2021, and when you can make some moves that will boost your long-term self-care practices.
Here are some points for making the most of this next phase of the year:
☀️ Daylight. There’s still plenty in the morning and evenings to go for a run or a walk, and it’s not so chilly yet that you’ll be discouraged.
🗓 Plan ahead. Add your workouts to your calendar. Meal prep for a few days or a week. Organize your stuff each night for the next day.
🍂 Watch the changing leaves. September brings opportunities to reflect, as we transition from summer into autumn. So, take a moment to appreciate your surroundings, be grateful, and give yourself some encouragement.
💗 Hold on to your values. Remember why you started, and why you’re working so hard. Is it to express self-care? To look better, move better, or feel better? Whatever it is, keep that motivation top of mind.
⏱ It’s a jump start. While others are putting it off until January, you can be continuing to work toward your current goals – and already be planning all the ways you’re going to kill it in 2022!
✅ Get involved. September is also Healthy Aging Month and home to Family Health & Fitness Day USA, and National Women’s Health and Fitness Day.
🤸🏽♀️ Act like a kid. We used to start the new school year after Labor Day, so get excited for new habits in September just like you did about seeing classmates and meeting new teachers.
I hope you take these weeks to set yourself up for success in the rest of 2021. Remember that stumbles are part of the process and important to enjoy the journey.
I know you can do it!