September 23rd marks the official start of the 2019 Fall season. This time of year is filled with crisp weather, delicious food, football and hockey weekends, pumpkin everything... it’s enough to leave you feeling magical. Unfortunately, it can also be a recipe for disaster in terms of falling off the fitness wagon.
Later sunrises make sleeping in or pressing snooze much easier. Darker evenings seem to make your couch and sweatpants irresistible. Comfort foods find their way to our plates in heaping helpings. Did we mention that Fall is essentially the kickoff for the indulgent Holiday Season? These are just the kinds of hiccups that can deter your motivation. But here are 5 ways to fight against "Falling Back" on your fitness agenda.
Set New Fitness Goals: As the seasons start to change, so should your fitness routine - Fall is the time to re-think your workout plan and set new goals. Something to keep in mind when considering your new workout regime is the increasingly chilly weather. Sterling’s Team Speed is an excellent indoor facility that will offer you the space, equipment and expertise to help you on your fitness journey, whether you’re just beginning or you’re a gym veteran. These new goals will help keep you excited about working out and snowball your momentum throughout the Autumn season.
Get Some Sleep - But Don't Hit Snooze: Since it's already tough enough getting up in the morning, start going to be bed at a reasonable hour. Don't worry, your DVR can record those late night shows for you. If the early morning is your only chance to get in a workout, the AM hours are vital for you. Basically, you've got to learn to make the most of your time. Instead of hitting "snooze", make yourself get out of bed as soon as you awake. It might be tough at first, but waking up on time can make a world of difference in not only getting the gym, but on keeping you punctual throughout the rest of the day.
Open the Door & Head Outside: Now, understand we'd love to see you inside Sterling’s Team Speed for every workout you do. But the brisk Fall weather makes it easier to take that Sunday hike or walk around the neighborhood with the dog. You'll be able to take in all the sights and smells of fall, without the overbearing heat or biting cold winter temperatures. Based on the usual weekly work schedule, hitting gym during the week is more than likely your best bet. To switch things up and really experience Colorado in the Fall, try for a weekend day for an outdoor exercising activity.
Be Cautious of Food Temptation: For most of us, Fall and Winter bring the best foods, the ones we have lovingly deemed “comfort foods”. Nothing quite like a big meal of steaming deliciousness to make you want to keep on shoveling those tasty treats onto your plate. But you’re not a bear! No need to hibernate for you. Make sure you're picking the best foods for your body as this is the key factor here. Fall is optimal timing for soups and stews. Try bulking yours up with lots of root veggies like celery, carrots and onions to fill you up faster. Seasonal options like sweet potatoes and certain squashes can help vary your fall palate, while keeping you full and satisfied.