If you enjoy riding a bike, change it up and try mountain biking. Use the trails for great scenery, generous shade and an off-road challenge. This type of ride is great for your heart, but will also enhance strength and balance.
Raking leaves and all sorts of yard work will get your heart pumping and muscles moving. Remember, building a healthy body doesn't have to come from a traditional exercise experience. Cleaning out a garage or washing windows will reward you in more ways than one.
With the children back in school, take advantage of the freedom to explore some of the fitness classes offered at your gym. Learn to dance, try kickboxing, spinning, yoga, tai chi, aikido or water exercise. Don't know how to swim or play tennis? Take a lesson and open up a new avenue toward health.
If you are busy shuffling children to soccer and football practices, make the best of it. Instead of sitting on the bleachers watching, come prepared to walk and be an active spectator. Move around the field or use the stairs to get in a great workout.
While you're getting physical
Focus on other aspects of health as well. Fall is such a lovely season it's easy to gravitate toward activities that promote our emotional and spiritual health. Take an art or pottery class, learn to meditate, pray or treat yourself to a massage.
Now is the time to look for ways to rejuvenate your spirit, mind and body. Make the most of this season, and you'll definitely be ahead of the game when New Year's Eve rolls around.
Cindy Boggs, fitness presenter, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified instructor/trainer since 1989. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to her at YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or email cindys...@aol.com. Look for Cindy's award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World," at www.cindysays.com, or contact the YMCA at 304-340-3527.