The summer holidays are over, the children are back at school and there are less demands for your attention.  What should you do?

How about spending some time on yourself?  Irrespective of whether you passed the summer on the beach, by the pool or sitting around the barbecue, the Autumn period can represent a golden opportunity to get fitter than ever.  It can also help reverse the effects of those high-calorie foods that can be so hard to resist on holiday.

Autumn training

The days are getting shorter and colder.  What better way to delay the onset of winter blues than to schedule some Autumn training?

Time is at a premium – there are the school runs to fit in.  Your situation may not be conducive to committing to gym membership but, by exercising at home, you can avoid unnecessary journeys and fit your workouts around your other responsibilities.  Even so, you’ll want to make the best use of the time available, so how should you train for maximum effect?

Planning your training

For quick results, you need to focus on equipment that exercises more than one muscle group.  Machines that fit into this category include the rower and the cross-trainer.

Rowing is a full-body activity which engages every major muscle group.  It also provides a great cardio workout and is ‘low-impact’ unlike running.

Cross-trainers work more than one part of the body and represent a good option if you want to improve cardiovascular fitness and tone your arms and legs at the same time.  They are also easy to use.

Another option, if you’ve insufficient space for exercise machines, is to use smaller items of equipment that enable you to perform a variety of exercises.  Examples include suspension training kits, kettlebells, medicine balls and power bags.

Making it work

Having started your new routine, keep going and don’t give up!  Most of us have embarked upon a fitness regime at some time in our lives, but few stick with it.  Here are some tips on making your workout work for you.

You should exercise enough, but not too much – three workouts per week would be a minimum.  Your body also needs to recover, so allow at least two days rest a week.

Achieving a fitness objective, whether it be a personal best or weight reduction target, is great motivation to keep going.  Set realistic goals, with interim targets along the way to help maintain interest.

A starvation diet isn’t necessary, but a good exercise/diet balance is crucial in getting fitter and losing weight.  Neither works as well without the other.

Workouts should be enjoyable rather than drudgery!  Ideally, the training space should be pleasant and warm enough to avoid muscle pulls, but not so warm that it feels like a sauna.

If music motivates you, then exercise to music; mid-tempo to warm up, up-tempo during the main routine and relaxing as you cool down.

We can help

Fit Hire can assist your fitness regime.  We stock a wide range of exercise machines as well as smaller items.  Equipment can also be hired, allowing you to ‘try before you buy’.

Our website (www.fithire.com) contains advice on a variety of topics, from choosing the best cardio machine to creating the perfect workout playlist!

Visit our showroom or call us (01730 825050) for a warm welcome and professional advice.