How amazing was our summer? We were lucky to have so many continuous days of sunshine, long days, beautiful weather and glorious temperatures — wouldn’t it be amazing if it could last forever. Unfortunately, we only have one more week of summer and then autumn is officially here. I’m not sure about everybody else but I feel far more motivated in the summer to stay fit and healthy; mostly because we have more of our bodies on show! Though putting vanity aside it is important we continue to lead fit and healthy lifestyles into the fall and the winter, I’m sure you all know the reasons why……reduce your risk of cardio vascular disease, maintain a healthy weight , etc.
So with the days getting gradually shorter and the temperature dropping here are some tips to help you stay on it this fall:
1. Don’t be afraid of the dark. If you are a morning runner in the summer — purely because you enjoy the brighter starts, let this continue through the fall. Set your alarm and continue with your morning workout routines. Whether you are outside or inside you will feel much better after your am workout. If you are outside make sure you dress so you can be seen — high-vis jackets are always a win. Just because it is dark outside it doesn’t mean you have to stay under the sheets. Change your mind set, wake up with amorning mantra — make yourself believe that you love exercising at 6-7am — soon enough you will!
2. Shop for the season! We are spoilt for choice in the summer with so much fresh produce surrounding us. We often think that we cannot enjoy as much variety in the fall…incorrect! Here are some seasonaland succulent fruits/veggies for the fall. Make sure to stock up on these then get creative in the kitchen:
- bell peppers
- sweet potato
3. Sign up for an event. There are still plenty of events taking place during the winter months; Santa Dashes and charity runs are perfect opportunities to keep fit. Sign up now and you will be sure to continue your training through the fall and into the winter.
4. Make a playlist. It is universally known that music helps to fuel your workouts (obviously your macronutrients play a vital part too) but music makes us feel good. Spend 1-2 hours creating a playlist for the fall. Fill it with tunes you love, old or new, but something that will keep you motivated during your home/outside workouts.
5. Embrace the Fall. From time to time we may moan that the temperature has dropped and that the days are shorter. Really though, we should be grateful that we are living in a country that has seasons, very defined seasons at that. It is time to get over the summer, enjoy the fall, run through the crispy leaves and experiment with seasonal produce. Summer will be around before we know it. For now though lets make the most of what we have.