Fall will soon be upon us. With it come shorter, colder days and little motivation to go to the gym. The best way to stay in shape is to stick to a fitness routine regardless of the season. Easier said than done, right? Not necessarily.
Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor Ray Wong offers up nine ideas to carry you all the way through winter. If you treat workouts as your body’s “BFF” instead of a fair-weathered friend, you can make sure extra padding doesn’t get stored away once your swimsuit does.
- Take a fitness class you’re not familiar with. Serial spinner? Swap for boot camp. Step outside of your comfort zone to shock and awe your body into coming back for more.
- Get a friend to work out with you. Trade sweets for sweat sessions. Friends that workout together, get fit together.
- Start counting calories burned and set a goal. Utilize tools that help measure progress by tracking how much activity it takes to burn calories.
- Modify reps and weights of familiar exercises. It’s okay to perform your go-to exercises if you make simple changes that trick your body into thinking it is performing something new.
- Hire a personal trainer. Investing in pre-scheduled workouts increases the likelihood you’ll make good on your gym commitments.
- Change your usual workout time. If you normally work out at 7 p.m., try a morning workout. Keep your body guessing.
- Incorporate full body exercises. Want to spend less time in the gym? Multi-task and recruit multiple muscle groups from head to toe and cut your workout time in half.
- Instead of counting reps, time the routine. Set a timer to keep count of your set to free your mind to focus on proper form and the muscles being worked. Small change, big difference.
- Alter the order of your exercises. Work from the bottom up. Arms first. Legs next. Make what you’re doing and how you’re doing it vary each time.
Ray Wong caught the exercise bug through weightlifting in high school. He trains in West Hollywood at Crunch Gym and can be reached via email. His focus is corrective exercises and injury prevention by incorporating core, flexibility, strength and balance.