I know for a lot of us the unofficial start of fall begins when the kids head back to school. However, today is the official start to fall. So today I say goodbye to summer and hello to the fall routine. We had one of the best summers I can remember this year in Michigan. We had beautiful weather which meant more BBQ’s, fun on the water, weekend getaways, campfires, etc. Just an overall good time with family and friends. But when it comes to eating and drinking, I over did it. When I say over did it, I mean the amount of food and drinks I consumed outweighed the number of times I worked out. And I don’t regret it. The memories I made have filled my heart, and will last forever.
And I’m not the only one. I know Rachel had an amazing summer too! Along with a lot of other people, I have talked to. Everyone has said, “this summer was great, but I overindulged.”
I hear ya! All good things must come to an end. And although it’s really hard for me (and I am guessing you would agree) to say goodbye to summer, it’s time. It’s time for routine. It’s time to get back to being fit and being healthy.
I’ve been getting back to my “regular” fall workout routine for past three weeks and here is what I want to share with you.
Tips for getting back into a workout routine:
Don’t give up
It’s not easy to go from not working out to trying to workout every day. I like to run, and I occasionally ran this summer, so I knew I wasn’t going to get out and run 4 -5 miles like I normally would. I started out with 2.5 miles and built up from that. If that doesn’t work, just start out walking. Go easy on yourself. If you miss a day, it’s ok. The most important thing is to stop making excuses and just do it. Keep trying.
Find little windows to squeeze it in
I know, now that the kids are back in school I feel like I am busier than ever. Wake up 15 minutes early and get a walk or run in, use part of your lunch break to walk or do something, stay up a little later and fit in your workout. If you are doing something for 15 minutes a day that is a great start and way more than you did this summer.
Write it down or add it to your calendar
I make it a point to write down my workout time as part of my daily “to-do” list. Then it becomes part of my day and not just an “if there is time” thing.
Find a friend or join a team!
Together is always better. Find a friend that motivates and encourages you. Walk with them, take a class together, find something to and be active together. I plan on walking with a friend of mine while my son practices football. There is a track at the field, so we are going to get an hour walk in during their practice. Or find a local softball league (Rachel and I joined a co-ed softball team), soccer league, running club whatever your pleasure and join. It’s a great way to get out and workout and maybe meet some new people.
Try something new
Trying something new is always fun and a great way to get back at it. A friend of mine is taking a dance class this fall (I am so proud if her) because she knows she needs to something. She likes to dance and knows that any other exercise class isn’t her thing. So go for it – try something new and find your thing!
Try a couple of these things and you will find that each day it will get easier and easier.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!
So join me and say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.
Goodbye summer. Thank you for the memories and experiences this summer, I will cherish them forever. I look forward to what next summer will bring. But in the meantime, I’m going to focus on myself and being healthy…until the holiday festivities begin anyway.