Can you believe it’s already that time of year? The summer season is winding down to a close (very sadly, for some) so things are definitely about to change. We’re not just talking about the leaves on the trees, either. In about a week or two, the kids will be headed back to school and things around the house will be a lot quieter during the day. For some, that may provide more time to tend to their exercise routines.
But for others, the hustle and bustle that comes with preparing the kids to go to school before they head out to work means less time to workout. Hopefully, you’ve been keeping to your summer exercise regimes. If so, it shouldn’t be too hard a transition for you to keep it going throughout the fall. FoxFitness.com offers up some tips on how to do just that.
Plan Ahead. Step #1 is figuring out times in your schedule that will allow you to stick to your workout routine. With summer coming to an end, your schedule is about to change, so it’s important to work your exercise regimen into a new slot. Try not to skip it. Think about ways in which you can squeeze some workout time into each day so that you can stick to your fitness goals.
Use Fast Effective Workouts. Many people think that staying fit requires hours in the gym. It doesn’t. In fact, quick, high-intensity workouts work best for those who are looking to burn fat and gain some muscle. The website recommends that you use “circuit training, compound movements, and interval training, which will all help you save time in the long run.”
Find Something You Enjoy. Many people also think that working out is a chore. But it can actually be the most fun part of your day. If you hate your form of exercise, you’ll be less likely to stick to it, reminds FoxFitness.com. Don’t like running? Try biking. What about swimming? You may also want to look into possible fitness programs offered at your workplace or a nearby facility.
Wear a Pedometer. If you know how many steps you take each day, you may be encouraged to take a few more. According to the website, “experts recommend getting 10,000 steps each day.” Get yourself a pedometer and find out just how much walking you’re doing. Some simple changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator will help increase your step count and burn more calories.
Include Your Kids. What better way to stay fit than to include those who give you your hardest workouts? Instead of TV and video games after school, get your children to join you for a walk or a bike ride. Choose an activity the whole family can enjoy. It can even be as simple as joining them for a walk home from school instead of picking them up in your car.
Enjoy the rest of the summer while it’s still here. But with the school year about to start, it’s a great time to think of what the fall will bring you. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t bring the fall of your workout routine! Staying in shape can be fun. Find the fun in your exercising and you’ll be sure to stick to it. Here’s hoping this back-to-school season is your healthiest one yet!