By Antonetta Riedmuller, BS, MS, ACSM, AFAA
As we near the end of summer, a lot of us are thinking about getting back into an exercise routine. Vacations and having kids home for the summer can fill those times that we used to use for exercise. If you are anything like me it’s time to get back into the routine. This time of year can be so overwhelming that it can seem like too much to add something else to one’s plate. I’ve found some strategies that can help you get back on the exercise train.
- Plan ahead– For me, this means putting all of my daughter’s important dates into my calendar and looking at my day once the middle of August rolls around. What time of day will be the easiest/most consistent for me to get my exercising done? Some people prefer morning, some afternoon/evenings. Just pick something realistic.
- Pick a goal– Maybe you have a Fall Homecoming at your old college, or you like to run and need to get back into training so you can run that 5k or ½ Marathon you’ve always wanted. Your goal might be as simple as being sure you fit into last year’s pants. Sometimes having something tangible with a date/registration fee attached can be the best way to make sure you get it done. Again, pick something attainable so that when you reach it you feel a great sense of accomplishment.
- Refocus on nutrition– A lot of times with all the parties and barbecues during the summer our normal eating patterns go out the window. Make sure that you refocus on how you prefer to eat and make sure it supports your goals.
Having doubts? Not able to figure it out on your own? Let one of our trainers here at Body Structure help you find what works for you so you can be your best!
Antonetta is a personal trainer at Body Structure Medical Fitness in Lexington, Kentucky