Fall is upon us, and so are all of our favorite holiday foods and traditions. It can be easy to lose track of your fitness goals as we make the transition from Summer to Fall. As the leaves begin to fall and we start bringing out our winter layers, warm drinks and allow ourselves to indulge a little more than usual, it is essential to remember that our fitness is a lifestyle and not just a summer trend.
At HiDow International, we understand that the temptation to kick back and enjoy a little more time indoors is there, so we’ve come up with a list of how to keep up your fitness goals this fall.
Shorter days and looser fitting clothes might be what get in the way of your fitness goals this fall. The shorter amount of daylight might make you feel like you have less time to hit the gym. Don’t let this fool you into giving up your fitness goals. It’s important to remind yourself that there are 24-hours in a day and you can fit your work out in like you have all summer.
Additionally, wearing layers and loose-fitting clothing may be comfortable and warm but don’t let it get in the way of envisioning the way you want to look next spring or summer. There’s nothing wrong with being comfortable, but don’t let that become just another excuse.
Just because things are starting to cool down, it doesn’t mean that you have to. While it may be unrealistic to continue playing your favorite water sports, you can still find some seasonal physical activities to substitute in. Join family and friends in that game of two-hand-touch football or take the scenic trail and enjoy the view as the leaves begin to fall.
Autumn comes with its fair share of stress triggers. Work, school schedules, and mandatory family events can get in the way of our stress-free Summer routine. These added activities can make it easier to let your diet and exercise routines slip up as you start to feel more and more overwhelmed.
Finding a few stress-busters that work for you is a great help to keep up your fitness goals this fall.
• Drink plenty of water
• Mind your portions, especially sweets
• Sleep 7.5 to 9 hours a night
• Stay active for an hour a day
As we mentioned, controlling cravings isn’t just a great way to relieve stress; it’s a great way to stay motivated and fit all the way through the holidays. Autumn has a way of surrounding us with everything from fun-size candy to pumpkin pie and warm hot chocolate with whipped cream. Simply be mindful of how much extra sugar you are consuming. Moderation is key.