5 Tips to Avoid Falling Off Your Fitness Progress
The leaves are falling. The rain is starting to fall. So does this mean you are falling off your workout routine? This seems to be the time of year when we begin to settle into the colder weather and the holidays and forget about what our bodies are really craving. Our health!
Just when you seem to think you are on the path to a healthier you, and that summer body is looking good, it’s fall! So many excuses come out around this time of year. Have you heard them? Have you said them?
- It’s too cold outside
- It’s the holidays, I’ll start next year
- I have to get my shopping done
- I’ll stop now and begin again after the holidays
How to not fall off your workout program
When we make excuses for ourselves, they become bigger than what you intended. Once you fall off your routine the hardest part is coming back. As good as your intentions are, the longer you are away from what was your daily path to health and fitness becomes an uphill battle. Here are 5 ways you can stay on track without falling.
1. Partner up
Find a friend, your significant other or a family member to workout with. This way you can keep each accountable. If one of you doesn’t quite feel up to hitting the gym the other can be you motivation to get you there. You can set a schedule you both agree to that fits into your daily life. You and your workout partner can also alternate what the day’s workout will be so it’s always something different. It’s better to be able to share your successes with someone who understands what you have gone through to get there.
2. Hire a personal trainer
This is sure fire way to make sure you show up for those workouts. When we know that someone is waiting for us we tend to be sure we show up ready to make a change. Your trainer can help create a fun and unique workout plan that will meet your individual goals and needs. A personal trainer can help you overcome those obstacles that are preventing you from staying active. It’s also a great way to get past those plateaus that have been keeping you from getting the results you are looking for.
3. Change it up
So many times we are caught in the “comfort zone.” This can quite often cause us to just simply get bored. If you are the type who only stays in the weight room, try a group class. Maybe there is a class you have never taken that you have been seeing is creating great results for others. Instead of going to the gym, try going for a hike, or a long walk on a beautiful trail with a group of friends. Does your gym have a pool? Try doing some laps for a resistance workout that is easy on the joints but amazing for burning those calories.
4. Join a small group training class
Money is always tighter during the holiday season, so try a small group training class. The fees are generally less than personal training. You can still get most of the benefits of a personal trainer and the sense of community with a group of people who are going after the same thing you are.
5. Join a challenge
These days there are many challenges you can be a part of. Or you can create one of your own. Ask your friends to be a part of it. You can do squat challenges, 15 day cardio challenges or just get up and move challenges. Document each day on your social media accounts and make them fun.
Whatever your method is to keep going through the rainy, cold, holiday rush days, just don’t give in. Your body is counting on you to stay strong so it can be strong for you. Your health is important and staying active even when you feel like curling up on the couch with a blanket and a hot cup of cocoa should be at the top of your list.
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