We’re a couple weeks away from the unofficial end of summer with Labor Day on the horizon. Now is the perfect time to start adjusting for the upcoming shifts in schedules and set up for success.
Thankfully, the beginning of the fall season tends to be a good time for everyone getting focused with their health. You have the kids going back to school, summer parties are dialing down, and everyone is looking forward to getting back on track so there’s less temptations.
Here’s some strategies to maximize your opportunity to crush it in the next couple months.
- Plan and Execute Immediately – Just because it’s easier “on paper” to get back on track, doesn’t mean it that you don’t have to work for it. If you don’t take the necessary measures to look ahead at your schedule, you’ll linger and miss the extra momentum from the shift. A week or 3 will suddenly go by and you’ll feel like you’re way behind. That’s typically where you see people throw their hands up and put the effort off for yet another season which is NOT GOOD! Instead, RIGHT NOW, pause and take 10 minutes to write down your goals for the next 3 months, and a basic routine for your training schedule.
- Clean Up – End of summer clean-out. Things get a little chaotic with looser schedules and the free-flowing nature of this time of year. If you organize your living space, and remove the distractions from your immediate surroundings, you’ll reduce the amount of potential distractions. Toss or donate the junk food that you know will just linger in the cupboards, clean your house top to bottom, and put yourself in a position focus purely on your tasks at hand.
- Start Something Now – If you’ve fallen off the bandwagon a bit the past couple months, you don’t have to wait for an official start date to start making better decisions. No, it might not be perfect, BUT it will be better than nothing at all. Today, I want you to start by drinking 1 gallon of water every day this week.
- Support System – Communicate with the people that you’ll need support from. Talk to your coach about your weaknesses you want to address, and relay how you can best be addressed when you hit tough moments. Get yourself a workout buddy to keep an extra layer of teamwork established at every training session. The more layers of accountability the more you’re likely to overcome obstacles when they present themselves.
There you have it. Time to get to work!