With darker evenings, fallen leaves and cooler air, September also brings renewed focus for the last quarter of the year.
We had our fair share of fun over the summer… and now it’s the perfect time to review the goals we set at the start of the year and reflect on how we’re doing.
September is the month to reflect on our current lifestyle and make adjustments to take us closer to our goals.
In this article, we cover:
- Why September is the new January: Health & Fitness Reset
- How to Reset your Fitness Routine this Fall
- A Full Body Fall Workout
In Photo: Weight Barbell, Machined Weight Plates, Squat Rack
Why September is the new January for Health & Fitness Resets
We make our New Year's Resolutions on the first of January... but is the middle of winter really the best time to drum up motivation for lasting change? By January 1st, many of us will have feasted on Thanksgiving Dinner, treated ourselves to sweets over Halloween, and enjoyed celebration after celebration throughout December and New Year's Eve.
When the first day of the year arrives, we feel a little tired from all the gatherings, a little sluggish from all the food, and a little weary knowing we still have the worst of winter ahead of us.
Now let’s compare this with how we feel in Early September.
Whether it's the cooler climate and less busy schedules, the remnants of a 'back to school' mentality, or natural cycles of harder effort leading up to winter - September signals a fresh start.
Yes, summers are always busy - but the days are bright and sunshine brings energy. We wait all year for summer and the chance to spend more time outside… and when summer winds down, we feel energized and ready for more.
Harnessing this feeling can lead to increased willingness to make lasting changes, pushing us further in the direction of our goals.
In Photo: Twist Adjustable Dumbbells and Rack
How to Reset your Fitness Routine this Fall
Fun as it may be, our carefully curated routines suffer in the summer.
Longer days mean we might not be sleeping and waking up as early.
More time with friends means we might not be exercising as much.
And for parents - a drastic change of schedule compared to the school year means our personal time is disrupted.
This is fine. Life is all about balance … why shouldn’t we enjoy these precious summer days while we can?
Come September though, it’s time to get focused on our goals once more.
Here are some tips to reset your fitness routine this fall:
Going from 1 workout to 5 early morning workouts a week will only set yourself up for disappointment… and potential overexertion and injury. Ease back into your routine and build up to your desired consistency.
This way, you can prepare both your body and mind - preventing disappointment and injury.
Set a Schedule
Look at your weekly schedule and figure out where you can fit in an hour to work out. Plot it in, then treat this time with respect.
If you have a set of adjustable dumbbells at home, you can much more easily sneak in a strength training workout - without having to go to the gym.
Choose realistic goals to work toward. Some examples include: Do 3 strength training workouts every week, make food for lunch 3 times per week.
Make it easy for yourself.
Find those potential setbacks and get ahead of them. For example - not having enough time in the morning to work out is a setback. You can get ahead of it by making more time. Prepare your lunch the night before. Set out your workout gear the night before. Have your fitness equipment ready to go in the morning. These little tweaks can save you 30 minutes and allow you to move your body before you start work.
Fall Back into Fitness Full Body Routine
Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift
Why: Activate your hamstrings and glutes while strengthening your back.
Alternating Dumbbell Bench Press
Why: Stabilize those shoulders - add a pulse for more difficulty.
Why: A beast of a full body workout. This variation of the squat takes the pressure off your back and is much easier to achieve proper form.
Why: Can't neglect your triceps.
Dumbbell Chest Flys
Why: Challenge your pecs, shoulders and biceps at once.
Why: Improve your core and overall strength.
We hope this article inspires you to get after your fitness goals this fall!
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