Fall just might be the perfect time to start or reinvent your fitness program. You won’t feel bogged down by soaring summer temperatures, and you’ll be inspired to develop good habits before the busy, temptation-filled holiday season.
Here’s how to create your own fall fitness program, including helpful tips and ideas for fun fitness activities to keep you motivated.
Before you begin, write down your fitness goals. Being specific about your goals and writing them down has been proven to help you stay on track and create new, healthier habits.
The most important part of this process is to be specific. If you want to lose weight, how much? Do you want to improve your biking or running times? Are you trying to find a new activity to regularly participate in? If overall health is your goal, what will reaching that goal look like and feel like?
The better you understand your motivations and goals, the more likely you are to succeed.
Next, you’re going to decide exactly how you want to work out. You don’t have to stick to the gym, either. Here are some ideas for activities to include in your fall fitness program:
When choosing activities, aim to balance strength, endurance, and mobility for a well-rounded fitness program. If you want to work out three to four times per week, for example, your schedule might look like this:
Monday: Lower body weightlifting.
Wednesday: Yoga class.
Friday: Trail run.
Saturday: Upper body weightlifting.
You have tons of options to choose from, so don’t be afraid to switch it up throughout the year!
Our lives are busy, and we tend to do what we have scheduled in our calendars. If you schedule your workouts in advance and treat them like work meetings or other appointments you’re more likely to fit fitness into your schedule on a regular basis.
One of the best things about living in Colorado is the abundance of natural beauty that surrounds us, so don’t take that proximity to nature for granted.
Hiking, running, skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing … the list of outdoor activities is seemingly endless. Plus, getting outside has a number of additional health benefits that extend beyond fitness. And it’s always a good idea to head into the holidays with your health as a priority!