The weather might be brisker and the days shorter, but that’s no excuse to start hibernating. Yet so many of us trade in our summer bikini and kale salads for oversize sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes this time of year — without giving much thought to how we’ll look on the beach next year.
“Fall is the beginning of the ‘treat yourself’ holiday season, and many of us stop prioritizing our fitness routine,” says Gabrielle Bolin, an ACE-certified personal trainer. “It’s a slippery slope. But fall is a fabulous time of year with so many fun things to do to stay active. Keeping a fitness routine year-round is so important not just for our immediate health but also for creating healthy habits that last.”
And that slippery slope can sneak up on you so quickly, you might not even notice it’s happening. Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar?
If you answered yes to any of the above scenarios, it’s time to fall back into your workout routine. Bolin offers a few suggestions for inspiration:
“It is significantly damaging for our bodies to yo-yo in weight, and the more you allow yourself to gain weight in the colder seasons, the harder it becomes to lose it for the warmer weather,” Bolin says. “Keep your diet clean, sweat it out a few times a week and don’t overindulge on sweets or alcohol and you’re bound to have a much happier holiday season.”