Have you been slacking off on your workouts since fall came around? According to worldwide gym chain, Gold’s Gym, you’re not the only one. They found that its member check-in numbers are at an all-time low during the month of October — proof that people are not going to the gym as frequently in the fall months as they are during the rest of the year. Probably because we don’t have to wear bathing suits, tank tops or shorts in the fall.
It's important to keep your fitness in check during the fall because the holidays are right around the corner. If you continue to make healthy choices now, you'll have an easier time saying "no" to bad lifestyle choices during the holiday season.
Gold's Gym teamed up with fitness expert Jamie Eason — a former NFL cheerleader and winner of the "World's Fittest Model" competition — for unique fitness and exercise tips to help them navigate this tricky time of year.
If you're feeling a little unmotivated, try some of Eason's advice and tips:
"When it comes to working out, one of the most common excuses I hear is, 'Well, all of my hard work is negated on Sundays when I watch football all day, eat and don't make it to the gym,' but this doesn't have to be the case," Eason said. "Instead, create a workout opportunity by assigning different exercises for penalties, touchdowns or turnovers that occur throughout your favorite team's game to create some of your own friendly competition at home.”
“With fall comes so many hearty foods and flavors — like pumpkin seeds, chili, baked apples and butternut squash soup — that are a nice alternative to the burgers and dogs that everyone typically consumes over the summer," Eason said. "By switching up your meals to incorporate seasonal items, you'll find that you're making healthier food choices overall, since you're less likely to experience the 'food burnout' that comes with eating the same foods over and over again."
“Halloween doesn't always have to be about the candy. Choosing a costume now is a great way to stay motivated throughout the month, so that you look and feel your best come Oct. 31, rather than feeling like the Great Pumpkin,” Eason said. “Take advantage of the holiday — and the change in season — to switch up your workout routine to feel your personal best this fall.”