So many people struggle with getting back into a good fitness routine in the fall. When school starts back up, along with work and internships, it can be difficult to keep up with workout plans, even with the best of intentions. Here are 10 different fitness routines you can follow this fall that will help you stick with those fitness goals and stay in shape.
1. Nightly Ab Routines
There are tons of YouTubers who post videos of ab routine workouts that are just minutes long but really work your core. Try dedicating yourself to following at least one ab workout video every single night before bed. It’s low-cost and perfect for people who don’t belong to gyms or are intimidated by the idea of working out in front of other people.
2. Early Morning Run
If you’re a morning person, go for a run before your classes or workday to give you an extra burst of energy and concentration. Running in the morning is a great way to make you feel productive, and it’s a relief to know that at the end of the day, you can just relax and not need to worry about working out after a long day.
3. Train With A Friend
Having a workout buddy and a workout goal definitely helps with motivation to keep in shape. Find a friend who’s willing to register for a race or a competition with you, and dedicate yourselves to training together. Whether it’s a marathon or a Tough Mudder or a climbing competition, having a specific goal to work towards and a person to push you to train is super helpful for continuing working out.
There’s a reason that CrossFit is so popular these days. It’s a workout that’s challenging, high-intensity, and tailored to each individual who does it. There’s a workout for everyone, and in a group environment with a good coach, you’re sure to find a community of supportive individuals who will hype you up to continue your fitness routines.
If the idea of CrossFit interests you but the equipment is intimidating, consider trying Power 90 Extreme, or P90X. It’s a 90 day home training program with resistance and body-weight training, cardio, ab work, yoga, and more, and it’s designed to get you in shape (and keep you in shape).
6. Circuit Training
Circuit training is one of those terms you’ve probably heard before but may not really understand. In essence, circuit training uses high-intensity aerobics for conditioning and/or resistance training. In one circuit are a series of exercises that you complete, and each exercise is designed to work a different part of your body.
7. High-Intensity Interval Training
HIIT, as it’s also called, uses a series of super high-intensity exercises, each for a short amount of time, to get you to push yourself to the max. It’s all cardio exercises, but don’t be fooled; you’ll be working your muscles– hard. Even just a few minutes of this can leave you out of breath and sweat-soaked.
8. Rock Climbing (Bouldering)
If you want to get defined upper body muscles without necessarily lifting weights, bouldering may be for you. It’s a great upper body workout since you’re literally pulling yourself up the side of a rock wall, and bouldering requires no ropes or harnesses. Bouldering walls at gyms are low enough to the ground that if you fall, you’ll drop onto a padded mat to avoid injuries. It’s also lots of fun and a great way to find a workout community.
Try picking up a sport! Join a club team or some other informal group and start playing a sport. Whether it’s one you used to play or one you always wanted to try, sports are a great way to stay in shape, and there are casual teams almost everywhere.
Swim laps in a nearby pool. A lot of community centers have pools that may be open to the public or have a low fee to join. Challenge yourself to swim as many laps as you can, and each time you go, increase the number of laps you swim.