I once had a friend of mine make a really good point about summer: “Everyone is apparently so worried about getting in shape, yet all you do in the summertime is eat pizza, go to tailgates, and get gelato every other night.” His bluntness about eating habits during the summertime may not apply to everyone, but there is some truth to it. Summer has a mode of relaxation attached to it; we want to be in shape for the beach, of course, but somewhere around mid-July I think we start to fall out of touch with our inner-Giselle beach body.

That is why I believe that fall is the best time to get into a fitness routine. Fall, though seemingly the beginning of the end, is actually a new beginning. Think about it: if you have kids, they start a new school year; if you are in school yourself, you are starting new classes; new TV shows begin; schedules change. A lot happens and changes in the fall, and your body can, too. Here are a few things that will get you (re)motivated.

Take advantage of the weather

It’s beautiful outside! Go for a walk, a run, a hike, take the dog outside, throw a football around with your kids. You’ll be exercising without even realizing it.

Take advantage of commercial breaks

With all of the new TV shows that come out every fall, you’re bound to find one to get hooked on. Try to give yourself a goal during every commercial break: 20 sit-ups, 40 crunches, etc. You’ll have worked in at least 20 minutes of exercise by the time the show is over.

Take advantage of the TV shows, in general

Challenge yourself and get on your elliptical and work out during the entire length of the show! At-home workout machines, such as theYowza Naples, are made so quiet these days, you won’t even need to turn up the volume.

Take advantage of a new schedule

With summer vacations out of the way and the kids back in school, your schedule is bound to have adjusted, even slightly. Now is the perfect time to fit a new workout routine in – and stick to it! Make it something convenient; even 20 minutes a day is enough, as long as you are being consistent.

With fall in full swing, now is the best time to get yourself back in the game. And when your done, you’ll feel great treating yourself to that slice of pumpkin pie!