By: Ali Adcock
Fall is officially here and winter will be coming shortly, so that means it’ll soon be too cold to enjoy outdoor workouts. But, that doesn’t mean that you should slack off during the winter and holiday months and gain back all that you’ve worked so hard for during the spring and summer. We’ve got a list of some easy and great tips to help you stay in shape over the next few months.
Give Up on Excuses
The long, warm summer days of going for an outdoor run, swimming and golfing are ending, so how are you supposed to get a good workout in? Don’t make excuses. Excuses like “I’m too tired after work” or “I’ll just do it tomorrow” won’t cut it. Get yourself into a habit of going straight to the gym after work or if you work out at home then go straight home and change into workout clothes and you’ll be more apt to work out.
Sign Up for an Event
If you need even more motivation than going directly to the gym from work, you can sign up for an event. A 5k is a great goal to start off with to motivate you to work out during the fall/winter months. There are many themed races around Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and many more to participate in to keep you working towards a goal.
Get an Accountability Partner
You’ve given up on excuses and signed up for an event. Now what else can motivate you? A gym partner. Get an accountability partner that’s willing to work out with you and keep you on track towards your goals. Have that partner sign up for the event with you, you’ll be more likely to complete the event and work hard towards it with someone by your side.
Make a Bet
Whether it’s with your husband/wife, a coworker or a best friend. Make a bet with them as an incentive to accomplish your health and fitness goals. Anyone can be persuaded to work harder for a gift or money in the end. Even if it’s to earn $1 per workout or a bet to complete an event and not have to wash dishes for a week, it’ll encourage you to work hard towards your goal.
Schedule your Workouts
Schedule your workouts in advance. For example, if you plan to work out three times a week for two months, write it down on your calendar and mark off each workout when you’re finished. You’ll have the satisfaction of seeing all your completed workouts at the end of the month and if you don’t complete a workout you can see which ones you missed and add them to your plan the next month.
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