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!
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!
Research shows that walking for at least 30 minutes a day may improve your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and help stave off stress. If you have already been able to incorporate more walking into your daily routine – or if you walk the Monday Mile every week – you’re already on a great path to getting more physical activity and fighting the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle.
Flow State, also known as “being in the zone,” is a state of consciousness identified by psychologist Mihalyi Csziksentmihalyi in which someone achieves an optimal performance by funneling all their concentration and focus into an activity. While in Flow State, he says, a person can feel "strong, alert, in effortless control, unselfconscious, and at the peak of their abilities." This can be applied to anything from a friendly conversation to creative expression, but finding flow is especially beneficial to physical fitness.
Even if you’re getting on in years, it’s never too late to start a new fitness routine. If you’re stumped on what to do, try something that won’t require any expensive equipment or a gym membership: running! If you were to start a running regimen this Monday and stick with it, you could extend your life a few extra years.