Fall Fitness Tips Series 2
Now that fall is officially here; you may be tempted to just crawl under your blanket with hot cocoa and enjoy the cool weather. However, if you want to keep up your fitness routine throughout the year, you need to ensure that even in this season, you make exercise a part of your daily life.
Just because the leaves have started to hit the ground doesn’t mean you have to hit the bed too. Your fitness journey doesn’t have to stop just because of a change in the weather. Below, we discuss several useful tips for you to maintain your fitness regimen in the fall.
• Make use of the cooler weather
It all starts with a change in your attitude. The cooler weather doesn’t have to hold you back from working out. If anything, it means that you get to enjoy fresh, crisp air while you exercise. You only have to convince yourself that a change in weather can be a good thing.
Fall is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities before it gets freezing in winter. Make sure to choose activities that you enjoy. Maybe you like running or cycling. Whatever it is, choose something that you will be excited about even in cooler weather. This will make it more likely that you stick to your fitness routine.
• Don’t over-indulge in holiday foods and candy
Fall is when the holiday season starts kicking in, which means that there will be plenty of delicious, mouth-watering food, snacks, and candies everywhere. As tempting as these may be, remember not to over-indulge in them. We don’t mean to ruin your holiday season; we only want to remind you that you have worked so hard to keep up with your fitness regimen and you’d only regret it later if you gave in to all those treats now.
• Do simple workouts at home
Even if you don’t feel like stepping out on some days, it doesn’t mean you have to skip working out that day. There are plenty of simple and easy workouts that you can do at home. You don’t even need any equipment for many of these exercises. All you need is to get into your workout clothes and start stretching, and you’ll eventually get in the workout mood. Simple exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, mountain climbers, crunches, etc. are great for home workouts.
• Move around as much as you can
You may not feel like putting on your workout clothes and getting out of your house to exercise every day during the fall. But what you can do is make sure that movement is part of your daily routine. For example, you can take the stairs instead of the elevator, you can walk to work instead of taking the train or driving, or even if you do drive, you can park a little farther away so you can walk up to your destination.
• Make sure to dress appropriately
Last but not least, remember that the weather will be a lot cooler, so layer up when you head outside to exercise. The best choices of clothes are those made from breathable, moisture-wicking fabric. Even if you feel a little cold at first, your body will eventually warm up.