It’s that time of year again. August is coming to an end and a new school year is upon us. That means the hustle and bustle will be starting up again as you get your kids ready for another school year.  But with getting lunches packed and putting breakfast on the table for them, don’t short-change yourself on your workout routines.

Remember you can start your day with an early morning run or walk before you get the kids up, to get them ready for their school day.  Walking or a short run around the neighborhood is a great way to get yourself motivated for the day’s busy schedule. It can also be your quiet time when you can reflect on yesterday and plan for today.

Starting a walking or early morning routine of running will help you get your metabolism going and start the fat burning process, and it’s proven that walking or running before a meal will let you burn off more calories. Walking for 20minutes, can burn up to 100 calories, jogging or running for the same amount of time can burn in excess of 250 calories.  You can measure your activity on how many steps and calories you have burned by using the Omron HJA-312 weekly activity tracker. It can keep track of your weekly weight loss goal, steps, distance and calories burned.

Besides walking or running in the morning, taking the bike out is also a great way to keep those calories in check.  Strap on a Garmin Edge 801 Bike Computer and see just how good you are doing

When the kids get home from school this is a great opportunity to interact with them about their school day giving them the chance to tell you what they did all day.  It is also a great time to be active with them.   Autumn means leaves, and leaves fall and need to be raked up.  Make this a fun time activity with them, knowing that you are all getting a great physical workout.  Spending about 45 minutes in raking leaves the avg. 150lb. person burns 235 calories.  Naturally children will burn less but it’s a safe bet besides raking the leaves they will be spending most of the time running and jumping into the piles.  It’s all part of the Fall vibe.

On the weekends there are many outdoor activities you and your family can take part in. Autumn can be a treat for the senses: the crisp air, apple picking, pumpkin carving, a gorgeous canopy of fall foliage, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. These months are a great time to exercise outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures.

Walking, hiking and cycling are all awesome in the fall.  Discover park trails and take in some new scenery.  This is a great way to keep the blood flowing and the heart pumping.

Happy Autumn

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