For many people, fall is a hectic time of year. The lazy days of summer are over, kids head back to school and schedules are peppered with new activities and responsibilities. As the days get shorter and cooler, it often feels like a chore to squeeze in time for exercise. Here’s a few tips to help you maintain your workout motivation:
- Exercise is a stress-reliever, so even though it may seem counter-intuitive, taking time for a workout can improve your performance. Research out of Britain found that workers who exercised mid-day, demonstrated improved time-management and mental sharpness. Exercisers also showed more tolerance for themselves and colleagues. Check to see if your company has an on-site fitness facility, or recruit some co-workers for a lunch-time walking group.
- A regular fitness routine can fight depression and anxiety, and improve sleep patterns. Try to fit in at least three, thirty-minute exercise sessions per week.
- Make exercise a priority in your weekly schedule. Don’t just assume you will fit it in somewhere, or the busier you get, the further it will slip down your list of priorities. Whether you get up an hour earlier for a morning run, or commit to an evening yoga class, putting exercise on your calendar makes you more likely to stick with it.
- Find something you enjoy. Picking a favorite sport or activity makes exercise a reward—something you look forward to at the end of a busy day.
- Make fitness time family time. Instead of sitting down in front of the television, take a walk with your spouse and talk about your day, or play a game of tag with your kids.
Hope you enjoy your weekend!