The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to turn orange and red. Every third person you pass in the street is drinking a pumpkin spice latte. It’s the perfect weather to curl up in slippers and binge your favorite Netflix show. Or should you work out?
I would argue it’s the perfect weather to get outside and embrace the fresh air, now that the humidity is gone and the foliage is so beautiful that you forget how far you’ve been running. Motivating ourselves to work out as the weather starts to cool off can be difficult. Those slippers may be calling your name, but let’s grab our workout clothes instead. Here are my top tips for motivating yourself to work out this fall.
1. Plan out your workouts for the week.
The same way you might meal plan on Sunday nights, schedule all your workouts in your calendar. Whether you’re taking a class or meeting a friend for a run outside, schedule it in your calendar to hold the time and hold yourself accountable. I personally like to schedule something for every day since my schedule can be a little unpredictable. That way if I can’t make it one night, but I find myself free another night, I already have something planned in my calendar. Shoot for getting in a workout 3 days a week. You’re more likely to get there if it’s already planned for you.
2. Work out when you like to.
Don’t force yourself to get to a 5:30am class if you will be miserable waking up for it and end up snoozing instead. I’m not a morning person, so I plan my workouts for the evenings. Do what works for you and your schedule. This way you’re setting yourself up for success.
3. Do a workout that is fun for you!
This one is really important. There are so many different ways you can work out. I love running in Central Park in the fall and it’s a great time to go for a hike upstate. But maybe spinning is more your thing, or a barre class. I also love doing anything I don’t have to put shoes on for. I love being barefoot but it also just feels like one less barrier. Figure out what you love and what makes you feel great and accomplished. Then you’ll be looking forward to your workout, instead of dreading it.
4. Do what you can afford.
Some workout classes or gym memberships can burn through your wallet pretty quickly. If those classes or gyms motivate you to get in motion as often as you want and you can afford it, go for it! But if you feel guilty every time you sign up for a $35 class, figure out an option that works for your budget. Gyms like Blink offer really affordable memberships. There are unlimited free workouts on YouTube and sites like Fitness Blender that you can do right at home. I love giving my clients workouts they can do right at home without any equipment!
5. Make sure your workout plan is balanced.
Give yourself rest days. Resting allows our bodies to recharge and prep for our next workout. If you have a few days a week of HIIT workouts, running or a bootcamp, balance it with some yoga or a barre workout that’s a little more mellow. Foam rolling after a tough workout can also reduce soreness so you can get back in the gym faster. If you were planning to go to a tough workout, but are exhausted or really sore from earlier in the week, take a break or do some yoga instead to stretch out your body and recharge. There is no need to work out 7 days a week, unless you’re a professional athlete.
If you’re still having trouble motivating yourself, a personal trainer can help keep you accountable and give you the individual attention you need to reach your fitness goals. I love creating custom workouts for my clients and watching them improve before my eyes! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your first session!