How to Adjust Your Fitness Goals for Fall and Winter

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While Phoenix may be far from the coldest area in the country, the change of seasons can still throw off your fitness routine considerably. If you're used to running around your neighborhood after work, you may be hesitant to keep that hobby up once the sun starts going down at 5 p.m. Adjusting your fitness routine can take some effort, but your goals shouldn't disintegrate just because the seasons start to change. 

Inspire Yourself 

Baggy clothing, unhealthy snacking and pushing back your bedtime will all conspire to land you on the couch during the winter months. Instead, look for small changes you can make to give your body a very different message. Wearing a fitted cardigan is a way to let yourself see the results that you've made after all your workouts. Going to bed earlier is the best way to wake up earlier feeling rested and refreshed so you can go for that morning run. Skipping the potato chips at your midafternoon break and substituting whole grains can give you the energy you need to stay on track. 

Sub in Winter Activities 

Ice skating, skiing and sledding are all great ways to burn calories while enjoying the new season. And while you may need to travel a few miles to find some snow, the effort will be well worth it. Not only will you be testing and improving your physical stamina, but you'll also be learning or improving upon a skill. If you come back from an activity and your shoes are soaked through, put crushed up newspapers inside them and set them in a warm (but not hot) place. Too much heat can wear down the materials of your expensive shoes. 

Another option to keep up with your fitness plans during winter is to start using a gym. Gyms provide consistency so you're less likely to alter your routine no matter what season it is. If you're looking for Phoenix apartments that can give you the workout equipment you need to stay healthy, call Element at Deer Valley. We have all the gear you need to hit your goals, so schedule a tour to learn more about our amenities and floor plans!

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