We’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, but the ‘back to school’ rush is fast approaching! Whether you have children or grandchildren getting ready to return to the classroom, the Autumn is a busy time and usually involves routines, fresh starts and planning to meet new targets.
September is a great time to get yourself into a new mindset and take advantage of the momentum of change as your family and friends begin new chapters. It’s still warm outside, the evenings are still light, and you’ve got plenty of time to make positive changes before Christmas looms – yes, it’s too soon to mention the most wonderful time of the year!
Set Yourself New Targets In September
When the kids go back to school, it can feel a little lonely – especially if you’ve had a long summer of fun. This makes it a great time to focus on yourself and think about where the next academic year will take you. Getting back into an exercise routine can be the very best way to start the school year, giving you a boost of endorphins and a new and positive goal to work towards.
If you started an exercise routine earlier in the year – a new year’s resolution, perhaps – and have slipped out of practice, this is a great time to get back into the swing of it and get yourself moving again. It can be hard to motivate yourself to get back to exercising after a break, so read on for our top tips.
Getting Back On Track With Your Exercise Regime
- Start small. Getting back into an exercise routine can feel totally overwhelming, so don’t stress yourself out by aiming to get back to a full workout plan immediately. Choose something that is short and enjoyable to get your body moving, such as a brisk ten minute walk, or swimming two lengths at your local pool, and ease your body back in gently. The chances are that you won’t want to stop after just a few minutes, and you’ll remind yourself exactly why you want to exercise regularly again.
- Take a trip to Foot Solutions. Exercise is great for your general health and fitness, but it can put your feet under pressure if you don’t take care to protect them. Before you begin a new exercise regime, make an appointment at your local Foot Solutions store and we will help you to find the best footwear for your feet and help solve any foot problems or injuries that may be holding you back. Different forms of exercise put pressure on different areas of your feet and legs, and our experienced pedorthists will use a combination of foot scans, observations and discussions about your lifestyle to recommend a personal solution for you.
- Focus on the brain boost. The mental health benefits of exercise are often more important than the physical benefits, and getting outdoors can increase these even more. Moving your body will release endorphins that make you feel happier, and exercise is known to be very effective in helping to treat anxiety and depression. If you’re feeling sluggish, remind yourself of the post-workout high that will carry you through the rest of your day, and focus on how good this makes you feel so that you will begin to anticipate your next workout instead of dreading it!
- Book it in. It’s easy to find ways to fill your schedule and if you don’t book in time for exercise, you may end up compromising on it. Find the time that works best for you, whether this is first thing in the morning, during your lunch break or even before you go to bed, and write it into your diary so that you are committed to it. If you are short of time, or do not want to attend a local exercise class, you can take a brisk walk or run from your home or workplace or find a workout video online. There are many options available to you, whether you prefer yoga, HIIT training or aerobics, and you can try several options to find a teacher and a style that works for you.
- Challenge yourself. You are more likely to stick to your new routine if you are invested in it and taking on a challenge can help you to maintain your focus. If you are training for a fundraising event, for example, or taking part in a month-long challenge to attend the gym every day, you will feel more committed to your exercise plan. If you can get together with others and challenge each other, this will also increase your motivation and keep you accountable, as well as bringing benefits to your social life. If you do not have a friend or family member who wants to join you in getting fit, try to join a local group or challenge yourself to start your own by putting out an email at work!
- Keep it simple. If you find it difficult to organise yourself to get to the gym, prepare your bag the night before or keep it in the car so that you can be ready at any time. Don’t worry about having the right clothing or equipment as very few sports require specialist items to begin with, but take your time in finding a class or a coach that is a good fit for you.
- Vary your routine. If you are doing exactly the same exercise routine every day, you will likely get bored very quickly. Keep yourself motivated by changing the type of exercise, location and company, and vary your routine to try out new things. If you normally run from your house, for example, you could try running on the beach at the weekend to experience something different.
Remember that beginning a new exercise routine could put your joints and muscles under pressure, and it is very important to ease them in gently. Don’t forget to warm up by stretching your muscles thoroughly before you begin, and cool down again after you have finished exercising so that you can protect against strains and other injuries. It can help to join a group or work with a personal trainer to learn more about safe ways to exercise, and you should seek advice as soon as possible if you experience an injury or foot problem while you are exercising.
Our Customers Feedback:
Our friendly team at Foot Solutions can help you to find a personalised solution for your feet, and we know that this approach makes a big difference to our customers. Kate Linehan, a 17 year old student, told us all about her visit to Foot Solutions before beginning a long walking challenge on the Camino Way:
“We did the final section of the French Way, which is a 111km walk from Sarria into Santiago de Compostela. I know the Camino can be tough on your feet and someone told me to check for a pair of runners in Foot Solutions before I go. So I went in and the staff there were great, helping me to choose the runners that were just right for me. I bought a pair of Brooks and wore them every day when I was walking the Camino. They gave me loads of support and cushioned my feet so I didn’t suffer from any blisters or anything… it was fantastic.
I like to stay active all the time, playing hockey and at the gym. I still get plenty of use out of the runners doing all that… I think the next time I’d like to do the whole thing (The Camino Way), which is two months from the French border in the east all the way along to Santiago. And I’m sure I’ll get the most out of it with the right pair of runners from Foot Solutions.”
Kate took on a challenge that was more intensive than the average return to school, but her description highlights the way in which the right footwear can support and protect your feet, whatever you put them through. We challenge you to pop in and feel the Foot Solutions difference!
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Feel your very best this Autumn, and keep on top of everything life throws at you when you get your feet in great shape with Foot Solutions. Don’t let a foot injury or foot condition hold you back, visit us to improve your life and get active without risking injury and pain. Pop into your local store to talk to us, or book an appointment online today.