Fall is the perfect season to get back into a routine and re-motivate yourself after summertime ends. Here are 5 tips to help you stay fit this fall and achieve your fitness goals for the season.
1. Set Realistic Goals
Setting goals will help you stay focused and establish purpose in your fall fitness routine. Since large goals can be overwhelming, they should be broken down into steps in order to be achievable. For example, you may have a goal to run a 5K marathon, but you will need to break down this goal into specific steps that are manageable in order to be successful. To reach your end goal of running 5K, you will want to implement habits such as running and strength training a few times a week.
Striving for consistency with your habits is crucial in working towards a larger goal. It can be helpful and motivating to write your goals down so you can refer to them as needed and adjust them if necessary.
2. Integrate Movement Into Your Life
Whenever possible, it is important to move your body. When forming healthy fitness habits, be sure to choose activities that you enjoy. Choosing activities that you enjoy increases the likelihood that you will stick to your habits as they will integrate seamlessly into your routine.
These habits can be as simple as parking further away from your destination so that you must walk to get there, or opting to take the stairs rather than the elevator. Go for a morning walk to start your day on a positive note, and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful fall scenery. On your morning commute, consider walking or biking before the cold weather sets in. When you are at work, make the most of your lunch breaks by taking a walk to refresh yourself - either alone or with a coworker. There are many ways to get your body moving this fall that already fit easily into your daily routine.
3. Invest In An Activity Tracker
A fitness tracker such as an Apple Watch
can help you stay committed to reaching your goals. These days, most fitness trackers allow you to view the progress of your friends and family in addition to your own, making it easy to engage in friendly competition. This is a benefit of having a fitness tracker that can be both motivating and fun.
If you are the kind of person who finds activity trackers distracting, you might opt to record your progress using pen and paper. Whether you utilize a fitness tracker or paper, recording your progress can help you notice patterns and realize progress which can be motivating in reaching your fall fitness goals.
4. Have A Workout Buddy
Not only is working out with a friend more fun, but it is also safer than opting to work out solo. Having a workout buddy can be very useful in helping you remain consistent and motivated in your fall fitness routine, especially on the days where you do not feel like exercising. Create a schedule that works for you and your workout buddy and enjoy your workouts to the fullest!
Workout ideas for you and your friend or partner may include meeting up for walks a few times per week, joining a local fitness class such as spin, or participating in a fitness bootcamp. Your dog also counts as a partner, so get outside and enjoy a walk with your furry friend a few times a week.
5. Rejuvenate Your Mind As Well As Your Body
Fall can be both a busy and stressful time, which makes relaxation so important for mental well-being. Wellness of the mind should be focused on just as much as the body. Some ideas to promote relaxation this fall include meditation, yoga, music or art classes, and epsom salt baths. In addition, challenge yourself to practice positive thinking and gratitude by writing daily in a journal to promote reflection and keep your mind on track. A healthy mind, as well as a healthy body, are necessary for total wellness.
These are a few tips to help you stay fit this fall. Fitness Solutions is your destination for training equipment to help you improve your quality of life.