Fall is the perfect time to start a fitness program because it creates good habits for the upcoming holiday season and winter months! Here are few tips on getting fit for fall and what you can do to keep the momentum going!
Fitness in fall stimulates the senses: the crisp air, pumpkin carving, fall foliage, and the festivities of the season. This is a great time to both exercise outdoors and takes advantage of the cooler temperatures. You can discover new park trails while taking in the beautiful scenery as the leaves are falling, whether you're walking, biking, or jogging.
If you live in a place where it snows early, consider trying cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Adversely, if you live near the beach or warmer climate, it’s a perfect time of year to play volleyball, golf, or just play a fetch with your dog.
Goals, hopes, and dreams aren't enough to get you where you want to be; you have to be self-motivated by your daily workouts! Choose something you enjoy doing and by doing so, you will be likely to keep up with the routine, whether it's walking or hiking, working with a trainer, or taking part in a class at the gym.
Creating a challenge for yourself helps with self-motivation, encouragement, and especially accountability. You know when you're doing a good job, when you're not, and remember: anything worth having takes work to get it.
You already hear all the obvious suggestions like parking farther away from wherever you’re going, taking stairs instead of the elevator, or walking around the building during your lunch break. Here are a few other less obvious ways to integrate exercise into your fall routine:
• If you have kids: when taking them to the park or soccer practice, instead of reading a book or visiting with another parent, walk around the outside of the field while they practice, or, warm up and cool down with the kids to show your support and help out the coach.
• Try walking meetings: get the team to walk around outside to brainstorm and exercise together.
• Be music-minded! To get you motivated for fitness or other life goals, get some inspirational music or find a motivational talk and download it to your iPod. It helps with creativity, too! Exercise while you listen for at least 30 minutes.
Always remember the 30-day rule as a reference for change. It takes approximately four weeks for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes. This is exactly why most people who give up on their exercise goals generally do so within the first 30 days. Always try to stick with a fitness program for at least a month. After that time, your behavior patterns will have adapted and it will be a lot easier to stick with your new routine afterward.