Who doesn’t love summer? The kids are out of school, you’re taking family vacations, hosting cookouts, attending parties, and so on. The tough part about summer? Sticking to your fitness routine. Summer is difficult because most of us lose our routine for one reason or another. The kids are home for the summer and we’re running them around everywhere. Or, we’re taking trips and vacations and just can’t stick with a plan. The kids are going back to school and so are you! Use these 7 “assignments” to get you back on the right track this fall.
Assignment #1 Set an Outcome Goal
It’s hard to work toward something if you don’t know what that something is. Define your outcome goal and physically write it down. When we make goals for ourselves and don’t write them down, it makes it easier to forget or to just give up. If you want to lose 10 pounds, write it down and give yourself a time frame in which to achieve it.
Assignment #2 Make a Plan
Once you have a goal set, devise a plan to reach it. The kids are back in school and you’re getting back to routine which makes it the perfect time to develop a strategy. Create small goals within your time frame that will help you reach your outcome goal. For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds in 2 months, how will you do it? Week 1 make a goal to cut out processed foods. Week 2 add an extra day of exercise. And so on.
Assignment #3 Meal Plan
Meal planning is one of the most crucial steps to being successful in reaching your fitness goals. Create a menu at the beginning of every week so you know exactly what to buy from the grocery store and what you’re going to make. If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll find yourself scrambling around after work trying to throw something together for dinner and 9 times out of 10 it isn’t healthy. Having everything you need in the house, such as veggies, lean proteins, and healthy fats and carbs, and having an idea of how you will use them will be a lifesaver.
Assignment #4 Meal Prep
After you’ve planned out your meals and stocked up on groceries, it’s time to actually prepare the meals. Another crucial step. Prepare plenty of meals and snacks for the next few days to a week and portion them out in individual containers. Not only is your food prepared, but you know exactly what and how much is in each container, making it easy to grab and go.
Assignment #5 Make Time for Exercise
No one ever has time to exercise. You have to make time. Make exercise an “appointment” you can’t miss. Write out your schedule for the week and include at least 3 days of exercise. If you don’t schedule it, you probably won’t follow through. As time goes on, it becomes your routine and you won’t even think twice about doing it. Not only will you feel better physically, but mentally as well. And who doesn’t want that?
Assignment #6 Find a Group with Similar Fitness Goals
Whether you have a friend who enjoys cooking and meal prepping or your local gym has fitness classes, try to find people with similar interests and goals as you to make it more enjoyable. Not only is it a little easier, but it also holds you accountable if others know what you’re working toward. Host meal prep nights, join a fitness class or join an online fitness community. Anything to make the process a little easier on yourself!
Assignment #7 Put Everything Together
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