The season of change has arrived. Fall brings with it brightly colored leaves, colder temperatures and darker days. But don’t let the crisp mornings and shortened sunlight derail your fitness routine. The Halloween candy, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and looming holiday stress can dethrone even the most dedicated fitness kings and queens. It would be a shame if that banging beach bod you worked so hard for in the Summer faded away this Fall. Similarly, if you’re just getting into fitness, Fall is the perfect time to establish a solid workout routine to combat the Holiday season.
Here’s our top 10 ways to keep it tight and get it tight this Fall:
1. Enjoy all the Amazing Activities that comes with Autumn
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year for going outside. Throw on a hoodie and enjoy all the fall colors hiking, jogging or biking. Get a group together and check out a corn maze, pumpkin patch or apple orchard. The cool crisp air is good for your body, and it can make outdoor activities more comfortable than the summer heat.
2. Sign Up for a Fun Run
The Fall season is packed with holiday-themed runs and events. Check out your local newspaper or events near you on Facebook for costumed Halloween runs and Turkey trots. Many people find extra motivation when they’re training for an event. Sign up with friends or family and keep yourself and everyone else accountable while you train.
3. Shorten your Workout, but not your Burn with HIIT
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a great way to squeeze in a quick workout without sacrificing a good calorie burn. HIIT workouts can be done almost anywhere, with or without equipment. The high intensity will help keep you lean and fit even after chowing down on caramel apples and pumpkin pie.
4. Drink Water. A lot of It
Staying properly hydrated is a key part of any fitness regime. However, when temperatures cool down, people often feel less thirsty. Keeping your body hydrated is just as important in the Fall as it is when the sun is blazing. A steady supply of water will help with recovery and appetite control.
5. Candy is For Kids, Avoid the Sugar Rush
Over 600 million pounds of candy is bought every year for Halloween. Avoid the Reese’s Cups and Snickers, and let someone else pack on the candy weight. On average, non-obese adults gain about a pound each year around the holidays. Say no to the candy corn and make sure a few snacks here and there doesn’t turn into a bad habit.
6. Keep an Activity and Food Journal
Make sure you stick to your routine and diet by keeping a health and fitness journal. There is something about writing down what you trained and what you ate that greatly decreases your odds of missing workouts or slipping on your diet.
7. Stock Up on In-Season Produce
Find out what fruits and vegetables are in-season in your area, and load them into your cart. You save money when you buy fruits and vegetables when they’re at their peak. This will help add variety to your diet and make it easier to get the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to recover.
8. Embrace the At-Home Workout
The truth is, you don’t need a lot of space or fancy equipment to get a good work out. Remove the low-hanging excuses like bad weather or not having enough time to go to the gym from your vernacular. There are a lot of great free YouTube videos and low-cost video options that provide solid at-home workout options.
9. Be Realistic About Your Schedule
Fall means the kids are back in school, the weather is more unpredictable and the holiday season is in full swing. Don’t try a workout split that puts you in the gym two hours a day seven days a week when you know you only have 45 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Be honest with yourself about how much time you can devote to working out each week. It will save you from beating yourself up when you fall short of unrealistic goals.
10. Variety is the Spice of Life (and Fitness)
Don’t allow boredom to sabotage your goals. Change up your work outs often and keep your weekly routine fresh. Your body will respond to the new challenges and your mind will stay engaged and motivated. Don’t let yourself fall into the bad habit of doing the same exercises, for the same number of reps at the same amount of weight for weeks on end.