It will come as no surprise to people who work out regularly that fitness is great for your mental health. During summertime, fitness activities can include seasonal sports like wakeboarding or water skiing, often with groups of friends, and the vibe is notoriously great. But when summer ends and the rain starts to fall, we are prone to go back inside. This does not need to be a negative thing thanks to there being plenty of activities during fall that help to support excellent mental health as well!
Seasonal depression is a real thing. Especially if you find yourself cooped up at home more often than not. And since fitness is a great way to improve mental health, we should be focusing on it even more so during autumn and winter than the warmer months when we are out and about regularly. Incorporating routine into these exercises is a great way to hold yourself accountable as well as improve your mental and physical health.
So what do you need for accountability? What do you need for routine? In order to hold yourself accountable to yourself, you will first need to make a routine. To do this, designate each day of the week to a specific activity. For example: Mondays: CrossFit, Tuesdays: track and field, Wednesdays: hiking, and so on and so forth. Once you have established a schedule, you can begin working towards accomplishing it.
However, as we all know, sometimes our ideas outrun us. This is where accountability comes into action. Once you begin your routine, you need to stick with it, no matter the cost. Accountability and discipline will get you to your goals a lot quicker than convincing yourself you deserve a day off will! Easier said than done, of course. But in the end, you will be glad you stuck to it!
Whether you will be thankful you stuck through it for your physical health or your mental health does not really matter. What matters is you held yourself accountable to your routine and you succeeded with it. There is no better reward than accomplishment! Give yourself a pat on the back!