The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are slowly dropping. If your fitness routine needs a seasonal adjustment for the first Monday of the fall, there are plenty of ways to make the transition to cooler weather.
Embarking on a new running routine is a popular choice for people looking to amp up their physical fitness. It’s an exercise that doesn’t require equipment, gets you outside, and can even be done while listening to music or a podcast. However, there is one important part of running that will make your Monday Mile a lot more comfortable and successful: the right shoes. Before your run this Monday, make sure your sneakers can get you across the finish line!
It’s normal to have a case of the blues once in a while. You could feel stuck in a rut or feel like you have no direction. Maybe you’re just not feeling like yourself. While clinical depression is something to discuss with your doctor, there is an inexpensive and scientifically backed way to deal with a more incidental dip in your mood: exercise. If you’re in a slump this Monday, make time for working out to give your outlook a boost!
How do you feel after a vigorous workout? (Besides sweaty?) If you’ve ever felt buzzed, you’re like many who have experienced the so-called “runner’s high.” Scientists have been studying this post-workout sensation for years, and it may have a more complicated explanation. High-impact workouts do have an intoxicating effect on the brain, so when you get into high gear this Monday, make sure you get your brain in gear, too!
Standing desks can provide you with a way to stay productive while getting you on your feet. Standing instead of sitting helps alleviate long periods of inactivity, so this Monday, take action and stand up for better health! So how much do you need to stand?
If you spend any time on social media, you’ve probably come across CrossFit. CrossFit has become hugely popular with people seeking a high-impact workout that combines a variety of strengthening exercises with intense but friendly competition. Based on a series of “foundational movements,” CrossFit claims to be based on the types of fitness routines practiced by law enforcement, the military, and elite athletes but is geared for anyone who wants to try. But is it for you?
If you missed your 30 minutes of cardio, you may have made up for it without even realizing it. There are several things that you do every day that burn calories and contribute to getting more physical activity. This Monday, make a note of some of the things you do around the house and during the day that require you to move around more, then build on that to be more active!
Working at a desk for several hours at a time or spending a lot of time looking at your phone can be a real pain in the neck – literally. Without even realizing it, the time you spend looking down at screens could add up to painful problems that may affect your posture. Hanging your head puts as much as 50 pounds of strain on your bones and muscles, yanking your shoulders, straining your neck, and causing headaches.
Are you taking your workout too seriously? When you get stuck in a fitness rut, your workouts might be more work than play – but what if you let loose and turned your workout time into playtime? As you approach a new week of workouts on Monday, a great way to get more physical activity is to take a cue from the kids and play games! Pretend you’re running from zombies, invent a scavenger hunt, or play tag!
If you need to ease yourself into physical activity on Monday, there are several low-impact but effective moves that can tone your muscles and increase your strength. Isometric workouts work your muscles while you hold a static position, targeting specific muscle groups, such as abs, legs, or back.