Maybe you weren’t able to reach your fitness goal this summer, or maybe you put on a few extra pounds from all of those barbeques and fruity cocktails. No worries, fall is officially here which means it is the perfect time to reassess your diet and exercise regimen. The sooner you get into a routine, the more success you will have making it through the holidays. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track and meet your goals this fall.
Establish a weekly meal plan and stick to it. Diet is more than half the battle. Therefore, putting forth the extra effort to have healthy food at your convenience can make a world of difference. Try pre-cooking lean protein for the work week on Sunday so that when you go to grab lunch it will be ready. Also, keeping healthy snack s around like fruits, veggies and nuts will help you avoid eating the wrong things. Be sure to eat the correct amount of calories for your body type as eating too many or too few will hinder your progress.
Keep a food journal. Documenting everything you eat will give you a clearer picture of what you are ingesting on a daily basis. And yes, those two spoonfuls of macaroni and cheese you ate while making the kids their dinner count! Although it may seem a little inconvenient at first, it will soon become second nature and will help you assess your eating habits. Also, there are several fitness/calorie counting apps on your smart phone for those who are more technically savvy.
Hold yourself accountable for your workouts. Whether you are marking your activity on the calendar, working out with a gym partner, or simply packing your workout gear the night before, take the necessary steps to make it happen. You may not always feel extremely motivated but as long as you push yourself and keep your end goal in mind you will achieve success. Remember, you will never regret a workout.