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September - the new January

Updated: Sep 26, 2018

For the last couple of years I've noticed that around this time I’m being inundated with enquiries and new clients – something that used to only happen in January. Perhaps it’s the fact the holidays are over and everyone is getting back into a routine or maybe people are trying to lose the extra pounds they put on during the summer. Whatever the reason, September is the perfect time to reassess your fitness your regime.

It’s easy to fall into bad habits during the holidays. Routines are disrupted, treats seem too tempting and, of course, there’s nothing wrong with that – if you can’t enjoy yourself on holiday then when can you? – but with the arrival of September and a return to normality, thoughts return to exercise. Some people’s thoughts even turn to Christmas and exactly how they’re going to get into shape for the party season.

When it comes to fitness, I’m a great advocate of consistency and I encourage my clients to exercise regularly throughout the year. Missing workouts leads to poor results, flagging interest and potential injuries. In addition, we all know how hard it is to get back into a regime once we’ve had a break. I usually do some form of exercise five days a week, even if it’s just 20 minutes, but September still represents an opportunity for change.

The view over Mount's Bay and St Michael's Mount from the South West Coast Path
September is a great time to get out and about and try some different activities.

Living in Cornwall, I rarely venture beyond the studio during the busy summer months but I absolutely love the early days of autumn once the crowds have gone and the weather is still warm enough to enjoy exercising outdoors. The beaches seem deserted, the South West Coast Path no longer resembles motorway. After the frenzy of the holiday season it’s a welcome change of pace and the chance to do something different – a run, cycle ride or even just a walk.

So if you’ve over-indulged or under-exercised on your summer hols or simply want to make changes to your usual fitness routine, now is the time to make a start.

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