As the weather gets colder and the mornings get darker, you find that it's harder to get out of bed in the morning. It's also harder to keep yourself motivated to work out, harder to eat food that is good for you, and harder to find that extra energy in the day to complete a workout before or after a long work day. At the end of a long day, when it gets dark out so early and literally feels like midnight by the time your out of work, the last thing you want to do is go home and cook a good meal for yourself (especially when Chinese takeout is so readily available). HOWEVER, these are the times that you need to persevere through. It's all about getting into a routine. Set your workout schedule for the week at the beginning of the week, stick with it. Set your meals at the beginning of the week, plan ahead, stay on top of it.
The transition into winter is probably the hardest transition I face every year. Everyone is getting the flu or colds, the weather is so cold, and it's SO hard to get yourself out of bed in the morning when it's pitch dark out. Some things I find to make the transition easier is setting ONE alarm in the morning. If you set more than one, then you know you have the ability to hit snooze. When you set one alarm, you know you have to get up right in that moment. Also, make your alarm your current favorite song or something you won’t get sick of! Nothing wrong with waking up in a happy mood right off the bat.
In the summer it is so easy to keep up with workouts, whenever you feel like going for a run or a bike ride or anything it just seems so much easier. The sky stays light out much longer, the weather is warm, and you WANT to get up and off your couch. In the fall/winter, I find that I have to plan out my workouts ahead of time. Some things to make it easier: sign up for classes a week in advance, this way you already paid for them and feel as though you need to hold yourself accountable and go to them. If you're a runner and get frustrated with the increasingly colder weather, there are indoor classes that can definitely help you continue your running or even help cross-train. MyStryde, Barry's Bootcamp and Orange theory are all awesome substitutes. Spinning and Yoga classes are awesome for cross training too.
Go for a fall hike, the foliage is SO beautiful this time of year, and being so close to Vermont, New Hampshire, and even Western Mass, we are amongst some of the most beautiful hiking trails. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced hiker, there are trails ALL over of all different lengths and levels. You will be able to find whatever you are looking for.
As for sticking with healthy eating....this is the hardest advice for me to give. Mainly because I have trouble following my own advice. Here are a couple techniques I've found recently, that work for me. Every Sunday/Monday, I plan out my breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks for the week. Meaning, I type out a document of all the ingredients I need from the grocery store with the recipes attached. This way, when I get to the grocery store, I am focused on exactly what I need to get and don't waste my time (or tempt myself) going down the junk/comfort food isles . Of course there are days when I get to them and I'm not in the mood for what I planned. I try to work with myself and switch around days and plan accordingly when the time comes to eat.
However, I'm a big believer in not depriving yourself completely of sweets. One little sweet at the end of the day after dinner is totally acceptable. I love ice cream way to much to ever preach that you should not be eating sweets at all.
These are my techniques for staying in shape and keep the workouts going strong going into the fall/winter, what do you do to keep yourself motivated?
I'm Carly Biron, a fitness and exercise enthusiast. This whole idea stemmed from me starting a job where I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I have been through a long journey of trying to break into the fitness industry, which is why I essentially created this page.