Did Christmas and the New Year put paid to all the fitness work you did during the spring and the early part of the summer? If you fell off the wagon in dramatic style then fear not, for you weren’t alone.
At the same time, just because autumn is here and it’s getting darker, colder, and raining more often, that doesn’t mean you need to kick back and forget what fitness feels like until spring is here again. How can you keep your exercise regime moving throughout the autumn to ensure that you’re beach ready in a few months when things brighten up again?
Many people who don’t stick to an exercise plan fall off the wagon for that precise reason. It’s a plan, and sometimes sticking to a plan and to a routine is boring.
During the autumn months, if you plan to go for a run in the park every morning, but end up cancelling when it rains or is cold, you’ll quickly fall out of any planned routine.
This means you need to change it up.
Instead of having a plan, when you wake up and it’s warm and the sun is out, take the opportunity to take your exercise and go for your morning run then. If you know you need to exercise but don’t enjoy running, walk to the next bus stop in the mornings and evenings. Another great idea is to take a walk during your lunch break at work. Not only does it avoid you doing email while you eat and gets you moving, if you work long hours lunchtime might be the only time during autumn and winter that you see daylight, so take advantage and boost your mental as well as your physical health.
If you haven’t been to the gym or done anything especially active for a couple of months, it’s really important that you don’t over compensate and start doing twice the volume of activity you were before. The key to getting in shape is to ensure you push yourself without overtraining. If you’d run five kilometres before, then start running five kilometres now, or maybe even less.
You’ll soon be back into the swing of things and feeling fitter and looking better. If you go for it too hard you’ll end up injuring yourself and end up not being able to do anything for another few months.
Our biggest enemy can often be the scales, and a lack of weight loss can often see us pushing harder and getting injured, similar to what we looked at above.
To get around this, you simply need to stay off the scales.
Instead, think about how you feel, and how you look, and go from there. Sure, once you’re feeling and looking great you might want to adapt your diet or cut out certain foods in order to lose weight, but for now you should avoid being a slave to the scales.
Having fallen out of the exercise habit over Christmas and New Year, autumn and winter can be the perfect storm for getting even more out of shape. Look around the office. You’re probably not the only one feeling like you do. Ask your colleagues what they’re doing fitness-wise this autumn. Suggest going to the gym together, or motivating each other on those sunny mornings when you could walk to work instead of catching the bus.
You could even have a friendly bet on who will give up first, or who can jog home from work the quickest at the end of the week – doing it on Friday is a great idea as it stops you going for the end of week work drinks that inevitably turn into a big night out.
Summer is gone, the days are shorter and colder, so you have the perfect excuse not to exercise during the autumn.
Forget all that.
Instead, put these tips into practice to ensure you feel great all throughout the autumn and winter and can head straight to the beach in the spring!
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