It can take a lot of work to establish and maintain new routines when the seasons change.
This is especially true for your fitness routine, which can be harder to stay committed to during the colder months. During the Spring or Summer, we all get more access to sunlight, which boosts serotonin—a chemical in your brain that increases energy, focus, and positivity.1
In non-summer months, however, daylight decreases, and temperatures drop, so you do the math: Suddenly, finding the energy or motivation to workout becomes much more challenging.
Looking for ways to escape the winter blues without compromising your wellness goals? Look no further. We have a few tips to make it easier to transition your workout routine from summer to fall.
1. Change it up.
As humans, our attention spans can be short. When we feel bored or no longer excited by our daily routines, it becomes easier to feel apathetic towards the idea of working out. So the most important thing is to keep ourselves excited about and looking forward to something.
So, join an athletic club, sports team, or group class. It's easier to stay consistent when surrounded by other people to motivate you.
2. Consistently set new goals for yourself.
It’s easy to set fitness goals at the beginning of a new year or at the start of summer when the incentive to work out is clear. The key is to find reasons to workout even when it doesn’t have anything to do with annual resolutions or trying to sculpt your “beach body.”
Trying to beat personal records during strength training, going for more walks throughout the day, or simply aiming to move your body for 15 minutes a day are all ways to keep your routine fresh. The options are endless!
3. Invest in new gear.
When you look good, you feel good.
Research shows that working towards an “image” of healthiness, through regularly working out, for example, is enough to convince the brain that one is healthy, reducing insecurities and boosting self-esteem.2
Other ways to trick our minds into feeling good include trying a new hairstyle, makeup look, or putting on a new outfit. All of these things have the potential to help us feel more self-assured and confident.
Change is, ironically, the only predictable part of life.
Try incorporating these suggestions into your routine so you can learn to embrace and even enjoy these periods of transformation.
Like people say, “You may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it.”