3 Ways to Create Your Best Fitness Routine This Fall
Vacations, weekend trips, pool parties, and cookouts are fizzling out as the hectic summer days wind down. Kids are back in school, the air is changing to welcome fall, and our routines are changing yet again. For many of us, it’s all too easy to plan our busy days without incorporating a trip into the gym. Here are three easy tips that will help give you a push to create a fitness schedule you’ll enjoy sticking with this autumn.
- Find a gym friend.
You don’t have to start a new workout routine from zero all by yourself. Make weekly plans with a friend, or a group of friends, to hit the gym. Go to a class, spot each other in the weight room, or run together on the treadmills. Making plans with friends who will keep you accountable, and will give you a hard time if you try to back out, is a great motivator. Plus, it’s a great way to stay social while you work on your physical fitness at the same time!
- Don’t go home after work or morning school drop off.
It’s very tempting to head home and start your day once you drop the kids off at school or to unwind after a long day at work. Don’t do it! Find a class that starts right after you get finished with your responsibilities. Wear your workout clothes to drop the kids off at school so you’re already set. Or, pack a gym bag the night before so you can stop by the gym on your route home from work.
- Choose workouts you’ll enjoy.
There’s always a certain stigma around working out when you’re trying to get back into the swing of things. Especially if you haven’t found workouts you actually enjoy doing. Don’t resign to sticking it out on the elliptical for an hour—try something new like boxing, boot camps, yoga, biking, swimming, racquetball, basketball, or tennis. Pick different classes for different days, or join a sports league; whatever you need to mix up your schedule and keep it interesting. Once you’ve found what you enjoy, you’ll look forward to your workouts even more.
Remember, getting into a regular workout habit is not easy. Even carving out a quick 15-20 minutes to get your heart rate up counts as a workout. Be nice to yourself and count each day you’re active as a great accomplishment.
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