Tips for Fall Fitness

November 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Autumn is a transitional time of year. The leaves on the trees change, it becomes darker earlier, and the temperatures cool down. However, these changes can also lead to stress for individuals who tend to fall off the health and fitness wagon during the transition.

There are many opportunities to remain fit, or even begin a fitness program in the fall that can work for everyone. Planning for seasonal changes, finding support from group exercise and embracing events and activities that the season has to offer are key factors in staying fit through the transition.

Take Advantage of Autumn Activities

Group events like pumpkin picking, corn mazes, haunted trails, and building leaf piles are active options that can also be fun bonding experiences for family and friends.

Get Involved in Community Events

Look in the newspaper for holiday-themed events such as Halloween runs, turkey trots and reindeer romps. According to a 1991 summary report by ERIC Digest, a specific goal such as a race to train for increases adherence to an exercise program. 

Head to the Trails

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year for getting outside. Grab a friend and find some local parks or trails to walk, run or ride a bike and take in the view of changing leaves.

Drink Water

People often feel less thirsty when it is not hot outside, but staying hydrated is just as important in the fall as it is when the sun is blazing down. Remember to stay on top of your fluid intake to help with both exercise recovery and appetite control.

Turn Fall Chores into a Workout

Raking leaves or gardening can burn around 150 calories every 30 minutes. Turn these chores into a game by setting small, achievable goals to help pass time and burn away fat.

Exercise Early in the Day

Get into a routine of working out early to guarantee the workout gets done and allow time in the afternoons and evenings to relax.

Vary Activities to Stay Motivated

Trying a variety of different activities and varying workouts will help keep a fresh spin on exercise and allow confidence to build in a wide range of activities.

Source: Livestrong.com

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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