3 Tips To Stay Fit This Fall

By: Lucas Zelazny

Why is now a good time?

Well… Why not? If not now when? 

How many New Year’s Eves have you spent sipping champagne and vowing to get more fit in the coming year? And how many times have you failed to follow through?

December 31st over a drink is a bit too late to set goals and make future promises for yourself that likely won’t be met. 

Fall, on the other hand, has many benefits to starting a fitness program. The main one being that you’ll have developed sound habits that you can implement PRIOR to the holiday season.

With the change of seasons comes a renewed time to rethink and restart. 

What’s so special about January anyways?

1. Commitment

It takes about four weeks for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes. That's why people who give up on their fitness programs tend to do so within the first 30 days. Find a class, an outdoor activity, or something else that works for you and do it daily for 30 days. This will make the switch in your head from being uncomfortable doing said activity to making you uncomfortable when you're NOT doing said activity. Strive to be active everyday.

2. Convenience

In order to be successful in any new endeavor it needs to be convenient. Whether it be location based, time based, or equipment based whatever you are looking to accomplish needs to be convenient to you. Is the fitness class on the way to work? Can you get a walk in around your block every morning by waking up 10 minutes earlier? Is the activity you're implementing something that won't significantly disrupt other aspects of your life? Exercise should not be disruptive it should be an addition to your current routine. Otherwise you simply won't do it.

3. Consistency

Consistency and patience in this life is ultimately what leads to success. You're going to have ups and downs. You're going to stop for a week or more but as long as you hop back into your routine you're okay! Do your best every week to ensure you're getting at least 150 minutes of exercise in every week at a minimum. Accountability partners are the best for this. Don't have a partner? Hire a coach, make new friends, or join a class. It's important that you decide to be in this for the long haul. Fitness is not and should not be a season endeavor.

IN CONCLUSION

Just Do Something

There will always be another excuse. Always another thing added to the to-do list. Always another season or date that you’re going to “start.” The reality is that you’ve already started, just hop back into it and stop creating an end date. Enjoy the process, it’s a forever thing.

This is simply a friendly reminder of things you already know you should be doing. Get back on your horse and just start moving again. Develop a new found commitment for exercise in a way that is convenient for you that you know you can remain consistent in. That’s it.

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