It happens to the best of us.
All summer long we work hard to stay active, eat right, and look bangin in our swimsuits. Then, fall comes, school starts, schedules change, and our good habits slowly slip away.
Pretty soon the holidays are upon us and by the time January 1st hits, we feel like we have to start all over with our health and fitness goals.
As annoying as this is, it’s not the end of the world. You simply pick up where you started and carry on hopefully with greater commitment.
But what if we could stay on track the whole time? What if despite fall, all the extra goodies, treats, and chaos that the holiday months bring, we didn’t fall behind with our goals?
The good news is it’s totally possible, it just takes a little bit of extra planning. Here are my top 5 tips to stay fit for fall.
How to Stay Fit for Fall
1. Write Down and Revisit your goals.
It’s time to reassess your goals. What do you want to accomplish this fall?
Maybe your goals are to eat more veggies, workout at least 4 times each week or prepare healthier meals for your family.
Whatever your goals, make sure you write them down and put them up where you can see them every day. This will help remind you and keep your more accountable!
A fun way to have visual reminders of your goals is to create a vision board. You can hang up inspirational quotes, images, recipes, whatever helps you stay motivated and excited about your goal.
2. Start your mornings off right.
Want to have an awesome day? Start it off right! Here are some tips:
- Eat a healthy breakfast packed with protein and whole food nutrition. An IdealRaw protein shake with greens, superfoods, and chia seeds are a great breakfast option!
- Get a workout in! Do some yoga to help you wake up or head to the gym for an energizing workout. You’ll wake your body up and have higher energy levels throughout the day.
- Meditate or write in your journal. Too tired to workout? Try some meditation (don’t fall back asleep!) or write in your gratitude journal. You’ll start the day feeling positive and ready to crush your goals!
3. Get outside.
Winter is just around the corner, take advantage of what little sunshine and warm weather you can!
Go for a hike or jog and enjoy the beautiful fall colors and crisp air. Walk or ride your bike to your favorite coffee shop instead of driving. Take the kids outside to play at the park. Do some yard work or rake some leaves! (And jump in them later obviously.)
Fall weather is usually wonderful. Make some time to enjoy it and soak up some vitamin D! You’ll burn more calories and the extra activity can boost your energy.
4. Go to bed earlier.
The days start to grow shorter in the fall. Take this as your cue to go to bed earlier!
Getting enough sleep can help you stay on track with your fitness goals. You’ll also boost your immune system and keep any nasty bugs away because #fluseason.
If you need to, set an alarm to remind you to start winding down. Try to ignore your phone and electronic devices at least one hour before you plan to go to bed.
You can also try some IdealRaw Calm to help you relax and sleep better.
5. Take a new fitness class.
You’ve signed up all your kids for sports and extracurricular activities, why not sign up with them?
I’ve been taking my daughter to tumbling classes for years when I finally realized, “I want to do that too!” I’ve had so much fun learning some tumbling moves! It keeps me active and prevents boredom with my fitness routine.
What have you been wanting to try but keep putting off? Maybe it’s that hot yoga class or you really want to try rock climbing. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to be adventurous and try it!
Wrapping It Up
Don’t throw your hard work out the window just because the season changes! If you’ve already fallen off track with your goals, remember you don’t have to wait until January to start over or introduce some new healthy habits.