Tips for keeping healthy and active well into the fall season.
When it comes to working out and staying active, it is already difficult enough for employees to find motivation and enthusiasm for difficult exercise routines and early morning workouts. Luckily, these past few months of warm summer sunshine and beautiful outdoor scenery has provided encouragement for even the most stubborn of exercisers to get outside and get into their daily fitness routine.
However, now that the weather is slowly turning chillier and the days are becoming shorter and shorter, how are employees supposed to stay motivated to keep up their workouts now that the summer season is officially over?
One of the biggest downfalls of the autumn season is the shortage of sunlight outside, compared to the long, hot summer months. Nothing is worse than leaving a long day of work, only to find that the sky is already starting to get dark before you can even make your commute home. It’s days like these where you simply want to say no to your difficult workout routine and, instead, go home and curl up with a warm, delicious dinner.
Unfortunately, this is just the mentality that makes so many people abandon their hard work from summer and fall into an autumn workout slump. To help keep your employees motivated and encourage them to keep healthy and active well into the fall season, we have put together some basic tips that will help them transition their fitness routine from summer to autumn:
Schedule Workouts Into Your Daily Routine
If you do not have a set time or schedule for your fitness activities or workouts, it will make them that much easier to blow off and abandoned when you are feeling tired or drained from work. Instead, you should schedule time for exercise just as you would time for dinner or for chores. After all, we’re all busy and you know deep down that “later” always turns into never.
Keep At It For At Least 30 Days
If you are just starting your exercise regime this month, be sure to stick to your fitness plan and do not roll over and hit the snooze button the first morning that it is dark and cold outside. Your body needs time to adjust to big lifestyle changes. After a month of daily exercise, your internal behavioral patterns will have adapted to your routine and it will be much easier to stick with your program.
Join A Team Or Club
If you are having a lot of difficulty staying motivated or keeping focused in your exercise routine, why not consider working out with a buddy or joining a local club that participates in physical activity? Not only does working out with another person make time pass faster and increase the enjoyment of your exercise, but it is also harder to blow off your fitness plans when you have someone besides yourself to answer to.
Be Active At Work
One of the best ways to incorporate fitness into your daily work routine is to participate in your company’s corporate-wellness program. However, there are also other simple tasks you can work into your day-to-day routine to keep active during the workday. For instance, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park in the back of the parking lot so that you have a long walk to the entrance. These little changes may seem insignificant on their own, but they add up over time.