How to transition from a summer to an autumn workout routine
Consistency is key to any fitness goal - be that getting leaner, faster, stronger or simply maintaining our current physique and fitness levels.
Nonetheless, as we move into a new time of year, revisiting our training regime, what we want to achieve and making necessary changes doesn’t just make us feel great - it means we are more likely to succeed. Why not try our tips for breathing new life into a workout regime?
1. Workout wardrobe makeover
Find transitional workout clothing that can cope with shorter days and colder weather; this is especially important for those of us who are stuck in a rut. Dressing for the occasion and livening up our workout wear can help us feel good and stay motivated. Think high to low, and lots of bright colours - long sleeve tops and cover ups worn over yoga shorts, or layered vest tops paired with yoga pants work. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes!
2. Break it up
As there is less light, it’s important to take breaks so as to make the most of the day. If our work is computer-based, we should take regular computer breaks (every 20 minutes), get outside and move our bodies. Vitamin D is something we’re all lacking and need more of, and this can worsen in the autumn and winter as we spend less time outdoors. Fresh air is also good for clearing the mind and nature can help us get to focus on what’s important.
3. The time’s right
Exercising during the morning or lunchtime when the season changes can be a great way to avoid feeling sluggish or like we’re entering hibernation mode. It’s also good to workout earlier in the day so we can use our evening down time for yoga or relaxation, and keep our adrenalin levels low before we go to sleep.
4. Mind over matter
Incorporating stretching and restorative yoga with meditation and affirmations can see our intentions and energy change as the season evolves. This means we can seize opportunities for growth and use the seasonal shift as a catalyst for finding new meaning and achieving our goals.
5. Everything in moderation
Balancing slower paced forms of exercise with cardio or high intensity training is important to give ourselves time to rehab (and prevent) any injuries, be purposeful in how we move and think about how we transition mentally and physically though the seasons. Combine pilates with cycling, yoga with running, and gentle swimming with running or HIIT to achieve a healthy equilibrium.