- 1) The school holidays have come to an end
Autumn is the perfect time to start a journey to better health. The key to achieving any fitness goal is consistency. With the kids back at school, pleasant temperatures outdoors, and work typically in a period of calm, you’re far more likely to carve out time in your day to get in shape. When the seemingly endless school holidays are over, there is no doubt you deserve some time to yourself.
- 2) You will avoid the new year rush
In January most people are driven to the gym by guilt. We’ve all been there. One mince pie and mulled wine too many, combined with endless ‘New year, new you’ articles leave us feeling like we have little choice but to jump on the fitness bandwagon.
The problem is that everyone else has the same idea. Most gyms are packed full of well intentioned beginners. Whilst there is no bad time to start exercising, January often brings with it a far heavier workload, shorter days and wet, cold weather. Not ideal for getting up early to fit in a workout.
Wouldn’t it be far easier to dedicate some time during the Autumn to creating a simple, manageable routine leaving you feeling trim and energised in the run up to the Christmas party “little black dress” season?
3) You can create life-long habits
Whilst we all want to be in great shape we tend to prioritise work and family life over our own health. This, however, is a false economy. Dedicating even just 20 minutes a day to getting in shape, will not only help you drop body fat, but improve your energy levels, reduce stress, increase brain function and concentration. This will lead to both more productive work, and better quality time spent with your friends and family, not to mention reduce the likelihood of a whole myriad of illnesses.
Put simply, you owe it to yourself and your family to be the best version of you. This can seem daunting at first, especially for beginners. I would always suggest starting by dedicating 20-30 minutes every morning to getting active. This could be anything from a brisk walk or body weight workout at home, to a circuit or spin class at the gym.
The important point here is to dedicate time daily to improving your wellness. Make sure your family and colleagues know that this is a non negotiable, only then can it become a regular part of your routine.
Another trick is to buy yourself some new gym gear. It sounds simple, but when you wake up an hour earlier than normal, having a new outfit ready and prepped will help you get in the right frame of mind, and get you out of bed!
4) It’s much easier to set short and long term goals
Set yourself both short and long term goals to track improvements in your fitness. Use key dates such as half-term, Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year’s Eve to act as deadlines for your goals.
In the short term, the aim is developing a routine that, ultimately, turns into a habit. Setting a goal of dedicating more than 20 minutes a day to getting active is both manageable and practical. Remember, you don’t have to be smashing it at the gym everyday. Walking, yoga, and gentle jogging are all great ways to get started.
In the long term, think much bigger. You will be surprised at what you can achieve once you get some momentum going. The human body is remarkable, you will be surprised by what you can achieve. Whether it’s running a marathon or fitting into a wedding dress, only you can decide what you are reaching for in the long run.
For those starting in Autumn, I’m a big fan of booking a spring holiday. Alternatively, sign yourself up for a challenge such as a 10k run or an obstacle course race. Having a date in the diary to aim for can really help you stay on the wagon during those longer winter months.
Whatever your goal may be, carve out some ‘You’ time, get your new kit ready and set your alarm clock. You will be surprised at what you can achieve before the year is over!