Now that we’re settling into fall weather, we get to stop paying crazy expensive air conditioning bills. Yay! Not so great, however, is with cooler temperatures and shorter days it’s easy to fall out of our healthy diet and exercise regimes. Here are 5 fattening fall fitness problems and ways you can get it around them.
1) Problem: Busy school year
It usually takes a month or so to get into full back in school mode. Now that we’ve been in school for a month you and/or your kids are back to doing homework and shuffling to extracurriculars. The more you and your family have to take care of, the less time there is to exercise.
Solution: Break up your workouts
If you’re juggling work, school, and extracurriculars, chances are you don’t have a block of time to devote to working out. But that doesn’t mean you should give up. Schedule a couple of workouts a week on your calendar that you can keep. On the days in between, break up your workouts instead. Use your Rubberbanditz resistance band while you’re waiting for food to cook or while you’re waiting for your kids to finish soccer practice.
2) Problem: Fall TV
Fall is when all the great shows you missed desperately come back after that annoyingly long summer hiatus. Now that your favorite shows are back on the air, they are a time commitment in and of itself.
Solution: Workout during the commercial breaks
Let’s be real, there is no way you’re going to miss that new episode of Scandal for a trip to the gym. To fit your workout in, make use of the commercial breaks. Do some jumping jacks, push ups, and of course use your resistance band. Bonus* this will save you from awkwardly channel surfing during the commercials.
3) Problem: Lack of Motivation
Good bye bathing suits and hello baggy sweaters! Everyone knows the pressure of looking good in a bathing suit, but when you can get away with loose sweaters there is way less pressure to be on top of your game
Solution: Go Shopping
When my little sister is tempted to be a couch potato she wears a tight T shirt. It reminds her to lay off the potato chips and do her intense pilates workouts. Use the change in weather as an excuse to vamp up your wardrobe and opt for a few pieces you know will inspire you to stay in shape.
PS Halloween is right around the corner, so you can always buy a sexy Halloween costume in advance.
4) Problem: Shorter/Colder Days
When it’s chilly and the sun’s going on down, it’s ridiculously hard to force yourself to go to the gym. Not to mention it’s not the safest to go for a walk/run/hike in the dark. Hm perfect excuse to stay home tonight. Helloooo fuzzy socks and kindred fires….
Try to use your lunch break for exercise. If you have thirty minutes, go for a walk around the block and then do some resisted squats and push-ups in your office. If you have an hour, you can fit in even more. That way you won’t be battling the climate later at night.
5) Problem: Lots of warm comfort foods
In the summer nothing’s better than fresh smoothies, but as the cold weather encroaches warm comfort foods and Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes look mighty delicious.
Pick your own produce. Autumn is a great time for harvesting your own fruits and vegetables. You can pick your own apples, corn, and pumpkins for Halloween. Plus how perfect will you look on Instagram apple picking in your flannel.