Fall Into Fitness

Cooler weather – I have felt it this week already!  While summer brings its own joys, it can also be incredibly hot at times and getting all heated up while staying active when it is

Cooler weather – I have felt it this week already!  While summer brings its own joys, it can also be incredibly hot at times and getting all heated up while staying active when it is already scorching outside is not always appealing to many.   Fall is absolutely the time of year to enjoy seasonal weather and get fit at the same time. With cooler temperatures and milder weather for outdoor activity, it is a great opportunity to focus on health and fitness.


National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages with this year’s observance taking place on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.  National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is always held on the last Wednesday in September. This national program focuses on women and cities across the country will announce activities and opportunities to for women to get healthy and to educate themselves on health and fitness-related topics. It is hoped that in the weeks and months – and yes, maybe even YEARS, if we think optimistically – that follow this national observance, women will continue with activities to help them stay healthy and fit.


Check your local social media pages as well as keep your eyes and ears tuned to local news to find out what is going on in YOUR part of the country and get out and join the fun. Fall is indeed a great time to launch a fitness routine or to change-up existing routines in a fresh new way.    This year with the pandemic, and some gaining unwanted pounds during quarantine this spring and summer, getting and staying healthy and active this fall is even more important.


Ideas needed for staying active while socially distancing? Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s feature on this very topic.  Questions such as these are answered on the  Q/A page:


Is it safe for me to be active outside?

Can I be active outside with people who aren’t in my household?

Is it safe for me to go to a park or a playground?

Are there physical activities I need to avoid?

How can I be active without a gym?


Things may look different this year, and there may be new precautions to take, but getting and staying active and fit is timeless. Your body – and mind will always thank you. And speaking of your mind and fitness, that’s another conversation for an entirely different topic which I hope to share with our readers in a future article!  Now get going and find your own fun way to “fall” into fitness!

Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.

While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.