It's a little easier to stick to an exercise program when the weather is warm. Not only do we get extra energy from the sun, but outdoor cardio is easier. Also, we want to have our beach body, and that adds incentive. But as soon as the weather starts to cool down, do you lose your motivation? Does the heat of summer throw you off your game? Whether you took the summer off or are just adjusting your exercise routine for the cooler weather, any new workout routine can be tough get into.
So how can you jumpstart your fall workout? Read on for a few helpful tips.
First of all, you need to stay motivated
Remember that exercise is about more than just looks. It means your health too. Good physical health fuels good emotional health, it improves your sex life, and it helps to keep you looking younger and more attractive. Thus, it can give you a competitive edge in the business world too. Keep reminding yourself of why you don't want to slack on your fall workout routine.
If you enjoy the cooler weather, adjust your routine to exercise more outdoors. Whether you are putting a gym mat on the back porch or heading out for a daily run or bike ride, take advantage of the crisp fall air. Long hikes and mountain biking are great for outdoor enthusiasts this time of the year. The changing colors on the trees can add additional beauty to your day.
If you miss summer the first time the temperature drops below 70 then you may want to think about a gym membership in the fall. They have plenty of cardio equipment to keep your heart active. Machines for the home can be expensive, so if you need variety to keep you interested then that makes the gym appealing too, since most gyms will have a treadmill, elliptical, machine, and exercise bike.
Mix your fall exercise routine up
Regardless of what you decide to do, make sure to mix things up and keep your muscles guessing. When a routine becomes easy, it isn't doing as much for you anymore. Combining cardio and weight training is not only good for your body, but it will also keep you interested on the days where one activity or the other doesn't appeal to you. After a week and a half or so, you should be into the routine. From there it is just a matter of not letting anything interrupt your good habit.