Fall Exercise Tips – Changing Your Fitness Routine for Fall
Goodbye summer, hello Fall! After the often blistering days of summer, the cool touch of Fall is a welcome change. Fall is synonymous with a lot of things, from colorful leaves and warm drinks to time spent with friends and family. But another important marker is that Fall is symbolic of a new start. Given that analogy, Fall is a great time to begin your exercise routine anew. Cooler weather doesn’t have to mean giving up outdoor activities. Leverage our fall exercise tips to make your transition to a new season much easier.
Take Advantage of the Weather
Cool weather is a welcome reprieve from summer’s heat, so why not take advantage of the crisp air and exercise outdoors? Walking, cycling, hiking and similar activities are great choices for Fall. If you live near the beach, now’s also a great time to go, as it’s far less crowded than it is during the summer months. Volleyball, roller-skating, or even just casually tossing around a ball or Frisbee are good fall exercise tips. If you can get out to a lake or river, kayaking or canoeing are very enjoyable in the Fall. Remember, just because it doesn’t feel like exercise doesn’t mean it’s not a great workout!
Seek Out New Fall Activities
Fall is prime time for popular group events such as pumpkin and apple picking, corn mazes, festivals, haunted trails, and much more. These are great leisure activities that can also be enjoyed with friends and family. Why not plan some weekend or add variety to your weekly routine with a Fall activity? So long as it gets you up and moving around, it’s good for you! Another good option to consider are the many holiday-centered runs and other community events such as short races, turkey trots, and charity runs. Having a specific event to train for will help keep you motivated and on task.
Chores Can Add to Your Fitness Routine
There’s always tidying up to be done around the house and Fall is a great time to do it because it's cooler and more pleasant outdoors much of the time. Outdoor chores are actually a solid form of exercise. For example, a 150-lb person can burn 135 calories by raking leaves for 30 minutes. Not bad!
Exercise Earlier in the Day
Fall is a beautiful season, but it does bring shorter days and longer nights with it. Try to adjust your schedule so that you workout earlier in the day. It gets darker earlier and it can be hard to find motivation to exercise once the sun has gone down.
Do something you’ve always wanted to do. As school children worldwide can tell you, Fall is the time to learn something new. Most group classes and gym classes begin in the Fall, so it’s a great time to pencil your name into a spot and find a fun new hobby. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Whether it’s tap dancing or tae kwon do, any high-paced physical activity you indulge in will have positive mental and physical benefits.
Get Smart with Your TV Viewing
Don’t slip into your usual TV trap. Everyone knows that Fall is the number one season for new TV shows and you should by all means enjoy them. Just make sure you don’t slip back into the usual TV trap. Instead of sitting on your couch for hours on end, turn your TV time into exercise time. While you watch, you can run in place or do squats, lunges, stretches, basic dumbbell exercises and much more. If you’re afraid of missing out on vital moments in your show, utilize commercial time instead, which are great intervals for push-ups, sit-ups, etc. Any given one hour show will have around 20 minutes of commercials and that’s plenty of time to get a good workout in.
Any list of exercise tips would be incomplete without this one. Regardless of the activities you opt to engage in, safety should be your number one priority. As days are shorter and darkness comes earlier in the Fall, it’s important that you stay vigilant. If exercising outside past 5:00 pm, be sure to wear a "day-glo" vest or other reflective materials. If evening is the only time you can exercise, consider finding a buddy to tag along with you. As always, better safe than sorry.
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