The weather is getting colder and darker and we just want to stay warm inside, drink pumpkin spice lattes and watch Netflix all day. That makes it difficult to stick to our workout routine. This time of the year is generally when all the hard work we put in during summer goes to waste. But don’t let it happen this year!
Here are 6 Fall fitness tips that will help you stick to your routine and stay in shape, just in time for the holiday season.
Use Fall Fitness as a Springboard
Getting into shape now is a great idea if you want to keep fit over the winter period. Your body takes around a month to adapt to a new training regime, so starting now allows you to get used to training before the winter chill. This means you’ll be more likely to stick with it through the colder (and more calorific!) months, so you can train straight through winter and into the warmer months.
Bask in the Fall Glow
Fall is a beautiful time of year – crisp leaves on the ground, changing autumn colours and a lovely breeze in the air. Make the most of it! Try doing some outdoor activities for fall fitness – running, hiking or cycling are great examples. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to feel like an intense workout – try walking to work, doing some gardening or taking the dog for a walk. Your body will thank you for not going into hibernation mode!
Balance your Habits
We all know TV shows make a comeback around fall – but don’t let that slip you up! Instead of becoming a couch potato, try to balance your leisure time between binge-watching Netflix and getting up and moving. Make time for exercise! This is why a personal trainer app is great – you get an exercise plan that’s tailored to your schedule, plus the accountability you need to stay motivated!
Once it gets cooler outside, it’s time to start layering! Wear clothes that wick moisture from your body and layer them with clothes that will keep you warm. Once you get the blood flowing, you’ you’ll warm up in no time! Another good idea is to drink tea to keep you warm after being outside. Try green tea to give you an antioxidant boost! Remember, on extra brisk days you can train at home – Fitmo’s coaches give you exercises that you can do anywhere, so no excuses for not training!
Embrace the Pumpkin
Pumpkin spice lattes don’t count (as amazing as they are)! Pumpkin is a great health food – it’s very low in calories, but rich in antioxidants and vitamins. It contains no cholesterol, and it’s even great for regulating your blood pressure! Try incorporating pumpkin into your cooking, or snacking on pumpkin seeds. Fall is a great time to load up on antioxidant-rich foods in general – you want to stay healthy and breeze through the dreaded flu season!
Mix It Up
Try not to get bored or stuck in a rut with your training routine. As it gets colder, you’re more likely to spend time working out at home or at the gym. As well as mixing up the types of exercise you do, joining a class is a great way to keep things interesting. Try yoga, HIIT, pilates – whatever floats your boat!
With all of these tips for you to use, you have no excuse to slow down during fall! A personal trainer app can really help to give you the training structure to get you working out through the colder months – Why not try Fitmo’s 7 day free trial this fall?