When I’m not training for a race or event, I generally need to plan out a fitness routine that keeps me on track with my health goals without getting bored or burned out. That bored or burned out piece is the real trick as both can lead to ditching a plan long before it’s finished out. A good plan should balance duration, variety, and intensity in a way that works towards fitness goals, feels “doable,” and inspires a drive to want to complete the plan and continue to improve.
As such, I normally adjust my fitness routine every month. Based on the weather, what else is going on in my personal/professional life, and what I’m interested in gaining, I will find or plan a routine that fits with my goals and overall schedule. Planning around that schedule piece is important because if there’s not adequate time alotted to fit in the kind of workouts or fitness you want to accomplish, it will be easy to let it slide by the wayside. In summer when I have time off from work and days for myself, it’s easy to fit in hour-long runs. In the fall, after work and musical rehearsal…less so! Therefore, it’s important whatever the plan, it compliments the commitments I already have so I’m not as easily tempted to skip what doesn’t fit well in my day.
Having just completed a September plan that I loved for the first three weeks and hated for the last two, I was more than happy to turn the calendar to October and to a brand new plan.
What’s more, fall is a great time to consider overall health and wellness instead of just workouts. The weather is starting to change and get colder, so it’s easy to get comfy in baggy sweats on the couch instead of getting up and moving. There are a host of delicious sweets…apple pies, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween candy, etc….that make it difficult to keep meal plans on track. The holidays are just around the corner promising large meals, drinks, and merriment. And if you like to partake in all of it, and there’s absolutely no shame in doing so, it’s good to also be in a routine that helps you feel good and stay on track the other 80% of the time.
And really, 80% is a really good balance. In fact, 80/20 is kind of the health/fitness sweet spot being touted by many experts and influencers in the biz!
All that being said, here’s my October health/wellness plan that takes advantage of not just making time for workouts, but also incorporating the kind of variety that will hopefully inspire some time outdoors enjoying the best that fall has to offer! With thanks to “Joy, Fitness, Style” for the inspiration to put together a month that included not only a workout regimen but also a daily health goal that helps keeps the week on track even as those bowls of Halloween candy start showing up on the staff lounge tables! Print the schedule as an easy tracker for your fridge to hold you accountable and watch your progress through the month!