How Our Virtual Trainer is Preparing for a Wellness-Focused September Refresh
It’s time for a new month, a new season, and it’s going to be filled with so many exciting things. But that means that it can get a little crazy! When transitioning from season to season, we can always expect a different pace of energy so it’s helpful to keep certain habits consistent in order to keep our energy strong. Here’s how I’m preparing for a wellness-focused September refresh.
Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track
When we change our schedules our workouts can suffer. My rule of thumb is to have my workouts pre-booked in my calendar one month in advance. As appointments start to add up, try to plan around your workout. If the task or appointment is non-negotiable and cannot be moved, move the workout to another time and/or day instead of completely removing it from your calendar.
Another great resource for keeping your workouts accountable is having an online trainer. Online trainers are great because they take the guesswork out of the equation. All you have to do is show up while having the comfort of knowing you’re being delivered an amazing workout.
Food in sight is a notorious culprit for stoking your appetite even when you might not be hungry. It’s like going to the restaurant, knowing what you want to order and then seeing a server walk by with a plate for another table. It gets you thinking, ‘maybe I want that’ even though you might not have actually wanted it in the first place. This craving sensation is especially challenging to manage when our stress levels are high. Naturally our stress levels increase during transition periods and our mental toughness to stay true to what we know is best for us becomes low.
A great tip is keeping food and stacks tucked away in the cupboards and off the counter space. If you’re looking for a snack, swap your crackers and chips for fruits and veggies. Fruits and veggies are filled with natural sugars and vitamins that will help keep your productivity and focus high.
Make Grocery Shopping Work with Your Goals
When it comes to grocery shopping, make a grocery list and stick to it. Make your grocery list throughout the week and add to the list when you run out of an item you know you’ll want and need for the following week. That way, when it comes to the end of the week, you’re not adding things you might not actually need for the week ahead. The hard part is when you’re at the grocery store. Avoid going into every aisle.
Alternatively, if you’re short on time, get your groceries delivered. This is a game changer. If you know that you want to allocate your grocery time to something else that’s more valuable to you, get your groceries delivered straight to your doorstep.
If the grocery list and the groceries delivered aren’t doing the trick, go with a meal prepping company. Meal prepping companies are amazing especially if you’re busy. They’re pricer but it takes cooking and meal prepping out of the equation. Plus, there are so many meal prepping companies out there making macro-friendly meals that are filled with a lot of nutrients that will leave you feeling on top of the world.
Limit Your Screen Time
Last but not least, after a busy day, the last thing you need is to be scrolling on your phone. Screens are filled with artificial light that throw off your circadian rhythm, your body’s way of telling you whether it’s day or night. When we’re on our phones before bed, our brain is telling us that it’s still bright outside when it’s actually dark and time to rest. Tuck the phone away, pop open a book or chat about your day with your family. Put your brain to rest so you can feel recharged for your next day!
How are you preparing for a September refresh?
Andrew is a Toronto fitness trainer with a bachelor in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. He runs a fitness coaching business, Aligned Fitness, focused on sustainable results. Andrew believes that your training needs to work with your lifestyle – not against it!