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What’s the most important month for personal health and fitness?

If you answered January, you made an easy mistake. 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 determine the probability of your long-term success.

Let’s get you ready to go and set with these fun facts about fall – and some points on making the

most of it.

• Daylight. There’s still plenty in the morning and evenings to go for a run or a walk, and

it’s not so cold yet that you’ll be discouraged.

• Plan ahead. Enter your workouts on your schedule. 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 onto 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 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


I hope you take these weeks to set yourself up for success in the rest of 2021. But don’t forget

that stumbles are part of the process – and you’ve got to enjoy the journey.

I know you can do it!

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