Winter is just around the corner, and you know what that means – winter vacation. Now is the perfect time to start preparing for your big vacation this year, including getting into shape for your best Instagram beach shot. Managing fitness and exercise can be challenging, especially when cold weather makes it tempting to stay at home. Here are a few tips you can use to kick start your fall fitness plan and beat the winter workout slump.
Try Out A New Class
Has your normal workout routine been getting a bit boring? If you need a bit more excitement to keep you engaged with your workout routine, try picking up a new fitness class at your local gym. Plenty of gyms will offer unique classes and group exercises based around popular sports or activities. The five largest sports in the U.S. are football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer, so you’ll likely find at least a few local options that engage with these activities. Other popular options include CrossFit, yoga, and many more activities that can get you moving again.
Beware Holiday Diet-Wreckers
Fall and winter feature many holidays with delicious but heavy meals. From Halloween all the way through Christmas, there are plenty of plates that could cause you to question your commitment to eating healthy. Halloween tends to be a particularly difficult one to face thanks to the prevalence of candy; 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate are consumed in America each year, which is over 11 pounds per person.
Indulging in some of these treats is perfectly normal, and some sweets in moderation could actually be good for you. However, just make sure that you’re balancing that out with highly nutritious food as well. Try incorporating fruits, vegetables, and other vitamin-rich foods that you might otherwise ignore. Wheatgrass, for example, is an excellent source of many different vitamins and minerals. It is especially high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium and amino acids.
Find Chances To Stay Active
Not all exercise has to necessarily feel like exercise; staying active in any form is taking steps towards taking care of yourself. As you go through your daily routine, look for extra opportunities to get up and moving. If you’re heading into work for the day, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Has your pet been particularly energetic lately? Try taking them on an extra walk during the day. Most households in the U.S. have at least one pet, and they’ll be glad to have the opportunity to move around a bit more. Every bit of activity counts towards living your best life and staying in shape, so don’t pass up an opportunity if you see one.
Be Careful Exercising Outdoors
If you do choose to stick to your normal summer workout routine, remember that the weather is a factor worth considering and adjusting for. Fall and winter temperatures and weather can change how your body reacts to activity and intense exercise, so dressing for the weather and working out appropriately is key. Ignoring this could be potentially dangerous or harmful, and will likely not give you the results you’re looking for. It’s well-worth taking the extra time to prepare, and your results will reflect your attention to detail.
Before your big winter vacation, use these tips to beat the fall fitness slump and stay travel-ready. What does your fall fitness plan include, and do you plan on showing off your hard work this winter with a beach vacation?