In my previous post I talked about how to stay fit and healthy during autumn, but after writing it I realised that, like many people, during a summer of enjoying G&Ts in the sunshine and skipping runs with the heat as an excuse, my fitness motivation over the last few months has been close to zero. So for me, it’s not so much about how to stay fit and healthy during autumn but how do I get my fitness back on track this season?
If, like me, you’ve over indulged a bit over the last few months and skipped one too many workouts, here are some tips on how to get your fitness back on track during autumn.
Have a goal
I’ve signed up for a half marathon at the end of November as a way to kick start my motivation and get me back outside running and in the gym strength training. I find having a goal is a positive way of being self-motivated as it provides a goal that I want to achieve and have to work towards to accomplish. Another reason why I love using goals as motivation is because they can be personal to what you want to achieve, this means that your goal doesn’t have to be running orientated and can be anything from wanting to lift a heavier weight to improving mental health through exercise.
Mix up your workouts
It can be easy to get stuck in a workout rut and doing the same exercises day after day can start to get boring. I find that mixing up my workouts helps to keep me motivated, especially as I’m the type of person who gets bored really easily. I will mix up my runs by adding in tempo runs, long easy runs, intervals and heading out with a running club. In the gym I’ll try different classes, use different cardio machines and add variety to my strength training.
Get a PT
For the first time ever I have started training with a PT and it has really helped to get me motivated, mainly because I feel if I’m paying for a PT I have to put in the work! A PT can be a great way of keeping you accountable, provide encouragement and help you to achieve your fitness goals.
Make everyday healthy choices
In the past I have felt really guilty if I ate or drank anything unhealthy, but over the last year I’ve learnt that being kinder to myself is actually an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. As such, I no longer feel that I have to have the ‘perfect’ diet or workout everyday in order to be healthy. Instead I now just aim to make small everyday healthy choices – going for a lunchtime walk, opting for the stairs instead of a lift and snacking on fruit instead of chocolate – all of which add up to make a healthy lifestyle.
These are the ways I get my fitness motivation back – how do you become motivated again after a break?