How To Avoid The Transition To The Couch


by Brent Haydey




The transition to the couch seems to be the time honored tradition every autumn as the first flakes of snow begin to fall.

After a spring and summer full of outdoor activity comprised of sport, exercise, recreation, leisure and so much more the cool north wind shifts something in each of us.  To stay on your path of Thriving Health you need to be able to avoid the transition to the couch.

So now what?

The new fall TV schedule is out making it very easy to flake out on the couch after dinner and not move until bed time. What a perfect way to undo all the good you’ve done your body over the summer. I’m not saying don’t watch TV or don’t stay inside. What I am suggesting is to make a very conscious transition plan so you can continue to live on your path of Thriving Health all fall and winter long.

How to avoid the transition to the couch

  1. Take inventory of your cool weather outdoor clothing and place it conveniently to use NOW! Include footwear, socks, pant layers, upper body layers (thin and breathable through a water resistant shell), gloves and head wear. Bring out what you need and buy what you don’t have NOW so clothing cannot be an excuse. I have run in -40C feeling warmer than people driving past me in their frosty cars!
  2. Prepare your TV room to also act as an exercise room. While watching your favorite shows get on the treadmill, bike or rower. Pick up your pace during commercials then ease up during the show to make it interesting and more intense. Consider using steps to step up and down during commercials or for a whole show. It can become very easy to do a 30 minute workout every night.
  3. Consciously create an activity immediately after dinner to prevent the natural trip to the couch. Walk the dog, play with the kids, etc.
  4. Create time and space to map out your plan for the fall and winter. Indoors, outdoors, at home.

This a great opportunity to place a new physical demand on your body allowing it to adapt, grow, become more efficient, and to better burn calories. Your body adapts best to new stresses being placed on it.

Make it enjoyable, frame it as satisfying, remind yourself of your big WHY and what living with Thriving Health means for your Ideal Life and avoid the transition to the couch this year!


“Life is meant to be embraced, enjoyed and fully lived, not merely endured!”

To your health,


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Brent Haydey Profile PhotoBeginning with a degree in exercise science and kinesiology, Brent Haydey has evolved over thirty years as an entrepreneur; building four businesses, and as a health, executive, and life coach.
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