There is something about summer, and even fall, that invites us to be more active. Now that summer is gone it is only a matter of time before we head into such common indoor activities as over snacking and couch surfing. There is hope, though. Fall is under way, and there is still time to reestablish (or establish) good fitness habits that will not only keep away that winter slump, but also minimize that winter spread ( yes, if you have to ask, it probably means your butt does look big). Just think, if you play your cards right you can skip the perennial New Year resolution to get in shape because you’ll already have that goal covered. Who doesn’t love being ahead of the game? Assuming you do these tips can show you how to make it happen.
Set an intention
Intention is an important part of the mix when you’re working to establish a regular fitness routine. Unfortunately, too many of us stop there. We make a promise to ourselves (I will lose weight or I will exercise 3 times a week) without making a plan of action. Support your intention to get to the gym or the bike trail with specifics. When will you go? How will this time fit in your schedule? What will you wear? What do you want to accomplish? What will be the payoff or reward? Think about what you want to do, and why, so you can successfully move from vague promises to concrete plans. It also helps if you can get someone to hold you accountable. Consider joining a class or getting a workout buddy.
Make sure the body is willing
Sometimes the mind has plans the body can’t support. Be sure you are physically able to keep your promise by doing the kinds of things that keep your body in the game.
Be deliberate about eating healthy foods that give your body the energy and nutrients it needs.
Keep a pre-workout snack handy.
Get adequate rest.
Don’t overdo it; injuries can sideline you.
Keep your gear ready. If possible, purchase enough so that you can work out for a week or two without having to wash your gear (thrift stores are a great resource).
Talk with your hairdresser about a cut that supports your newly active lifestyle
Get a physical.
Try something new
Exercise isn’t the drudgery you may remember from PE. Don’t use your dislike of jumping jacks or dodge ball as an excuse to sit on the couch. You can move your body in any way that gets your heart pumping. And the best thing about giving yourself permission to be creative with your fitness plan is you’re more likely to do what you love.
A final piece of advice for jumpstarting your fitness routine – Accept No Excuses
Be unwilling to let yourself off the hook. After all, a promise is a promise and if you can’t trust yourself who can you trust?