Fall Style Fitness

 It’s 92 degrees where I am as I write this, but Fall is on the way. No really, the weather forecaster says cooler temps are headed our way and I hope he is right! I can feel it in the cool crisp mornings and soon that crisp air will fill the day. Personally, I look forward to fall and the cooler temperatures. It’s actually my favorite time of year.

 As we move from summer into the winter months, it’s important not to let your workouts slack. This can be an easy trap to fall in. After all, the bathing suits and shorts have been replaced for less revealing snuggly sweatshirts and cozy pajama bottoms. So how do you bullet proof your workout efforts with the change in seasons? Here are a few of my thoughts on that matter.

 
 
 
  1. Adjust your workout time if needed. I prefer morning workouts. They seem to be a good way to get my body moving, wake me up, and get me focused for the day. I also find that if I don’t get a workout completed in the am, I’m more likely not to get one in at all that day. But – as the days get darker, if you have major issues getting up before the sun, then adjust your workout time. Find a gym near work and go on your lunch break, or right after work. Don’t allow this to turn into an excuse to skip. Whatever time seems to work best for you, commit to it and get your workout in.
  1. Take your workout outside when you canVariety is the spice of life. Keeping variety with my workouts keeps me from getting board. This time of year I love to switch it up and workout outside as much as possible. The cool air energizes me even more and the new routines add a new challenge which keeps me coming back. One of my favorites – running hills or stairs.
  1. Adjust your workout goals. During spring and summer we’re motivated to exercise for things like shorts, tank tops, and sundresses… But fall and winter? Try revamping your fitness goal and be sure to give it a deadline. So maybe your new goal is shopping for winter clothes, or to drop a size by next spring. I find using both short and long term goals helpful. My short term goal is if I complete a certain number of workouts in a row then I can get a massage. Long term is a set date for winter clothes shopping.
 
Don’t let the chill in the air freeze your workouts. Make some adjustments if needed and keep moving! 
 
 
How do you adjust your workouts for cooler weather? 

Leave a comment below. I’d love to know.

 

Brooke

Brooke Schlenker helps busy womensquash the common excuse that they don’t have time to exercise.Sharing ideas, tips, and workouts she helps women look and feel better, stay motivated, and fit exercise into their already busy lives.

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