This is one of my favorite times of year. The days start to get shorter. The air is cooler and crisper. The leaves start to change which makes for and awesome drive in the mountains of North Carolina. And let’s not forget, football is back in season (Go Steelers!). All in all, Fall is awesome, but there are some downsides also.
The Fall Slump
Everybody starts the new year with a determination and vigor to finally get the results they have been looking for. Sadly, many of those that start fall off the wagon with only a few sticking it out through the Spring and Summer. Then with the changing of the seasons it seems that we lose sight of how hard we worked in the Spring and Summer to get in tip top shape. It’s easier to hide in baggier clothes and jackets. Plus, the holidays are full of sweet treats. I dealt with this first hand after I got married. I had lost a total of 38 pounds from January 2012 to May 2012, but lost sight of where I was heading for the remainder of that summer. The rest of that year it was easy to put health and fitness on the back burner and just coast, but that was a huge mistake. One day I looked in the mirror and couldn’t believe how far I had backslid.
You have a choice…
Are you going to sit back and coast through the rest of the year? Or are you going to get out there and crush it? Sitting there thinking and wishing about being in shape won’t do anything for you. It takes effort. And not even that much. Here are a few tips to get you going this fall to carry you right on into 2015:
- Set goals – Fall is one of the best times of year to make new goals. That way, by the time the holiday season rolls around, you won’t be sidelined as easily.
- Make it fun – Get outside and enjoy the cooler weather with morning/evening walks or runs.
- Workout at home – This is a no brainer for us in the Fellowship of Fitness since we love Beachbody programs. The days get shorter and colder so working out at home is efficient and effective.
- Plan – Get a calendar and plan your workouts and meals for the week. Planning is key to success.
- Socialize – Get together with a friend to help boost your motivation and provide some accountability. I can always push harder when a friend is there to encourage me (and the competition is awesome).
- Indulge – Yes I said it. Indulge in your favorite seasonal treats every once in a while. Everything in moderation definitely works here. If it fits into your caloric and macro goals, then go for it. This has to be something you can continue in the future. I know I’ll be saving room for some pie when the holidays roll around.
- Don’t give up – When schedules get busier as the year comes to a close it’s easy to put health and fitness on the back burner, but you can really tell what you are made of when you stay consistent. Some of the most breakthrough moments happen when you stay consistent. Nothing solidifies your “why” like working out when everyone else would hang it up and call it a day.
- Join a Challenge Group – Now is a great time to set yourself up for success leading into the holiday season and on into 2015. Starting October 6th, we will be running the 30 Day Fall Fitness Frenzy. The group is open to anybody and everybody who is looking for motivation and accountability to get in phenomenal shape. Changing your health and fitness is a journey . . . But the best part is we’re all in it together!
Let me be the example. Don’t let the changing of the seasons throw you off. Think of how far ahead of those who are waiting until January to start if you keep up the hard work and crush the rest of this year!