As summer comes to an end and we head into fall, the changing of the seasons means less daylight, busier schedules, and depending on where you live, colder weather. None of these changes are fundamentally bad, but they can make getting in a sweat session a little more challenging, motivationally and otherwise, and you may be wondering how you’re going to keep your workout game going strong.
Luckily, I can help. Read my three tips on how you can make seasonal changes work for you so you can avoid losing momentum (which means one less New Year’s resolution because by then, you’ll have been kicking butt at this all year long).
Say No Problem to No Daylight
As much as I love fall, there’s nothing I hate more than watching the days get shorter and shorter. If it were up to me, the sun would shine 20 hours a day because when I wake up to work out and it’s dark outside, I find it much more difficult to get moving. But, whether your desire to skip your dark morning or evening workout is a safety thing or a motivational thing, there’s an easy solution: Grab a partner.
You’ll feel safer taking your workout outside with someone beside you, and a partner will prevent you from bailing whether you’re indoors or out. Another great option is utilizing your lunch break. Most anywhere sees daylight by noon, and cooler weather means you can squeeze in a little walk or jog without sweating your face off.
Enjoy the Quick But Effective Workout
The coming of fall can signal holiday travels, long days at work trying to hit those year-end goals, and a busy school year back in session. Whether it’s just one of these or all three, busy times can mean putting your gym sessions on the back burner. But, there’s a way to make this year different.
If you’re low on time or stuck in a hotel, focus on making your workouts quick but effective by turning to timed workouts that will guarantee you’re done in under an hour (or under 20 minutes!). Think EMOM, Tabata, or AMRAP. Once you know the structure of these workouts, it’s super easy to make them your own based on the equipment and time you have available. Always get the most out of the time you spend by fueling your body with the best nutrition possible.
Defy Cold Weather
One of the hardest times to get in exercise is when it’s freezing outside. And while freezing temps sound amazing right now (it’s a nice 113 degrees Fahrenheit at Isagenix World Headquarters as I’m writing this article), when the time comes, it’s hard to get motivated to go anywhere, let alone to the gym or for a workout outdoors.
My favorite solution this time of year? Just don’t leave the house! It’s completely possible to get in a great workout at home (even if you don’t own any equipment) as long as you have a plan. Some of my favorite options are yoga, body-weight exercises, or jump-roping.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to take on the changing of the seasons?!
You should consult your physician or other healthcare professional before starting a new fitness regimen to determine if it is right for you. Do not start a fitness program if your physician or healthcare provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain, or shortness of breath at any time while exercising, you should stop immediately and seek appropriate medical care, if needed.