This guest post was written by Sarah Lucero, a journalist, marathoner and AHA volunteer.
A change in seasons brings a change in routine for most of us, including how we engage in physical activities.
So, as you pack away the sunscreen and gyms modify their schedules (and yours), think about outdoor activities fit for fall weather. And be sure to mix it up to keep from getting bored or burned out.
Here are a few ideas:
- Add trail runs or hikes to your exercise routine. Enjoying the changes in the weather and foliage in your local park is great for the mind and heart. It doesn’t have to be a high-intensity workout, you’ll benefit from simply moving more. I’m definitely adding this to my routine this fall!
- If your area has trails that accommodate bicyclists, you can enjoy the same benefits as running or hiking — plus you get to take in more of the scenery.
- If you love running like I do, you may want to join a running group and train with them at least once a week. Maybe you’ll sign up for an event, maybe you won’t. But it’ll be fun training with a group. And my guess is, you’ll enjoy it so much, you won’t be able to resist signing up for a 5K, 10K, half marathon or full.
- As temperatures cool off, try moving your workout outdoors. The same pushups and squats out in the fresh air can add a new twist to keep you motivated. Also, look into outdoor exercise programs available in your town.
- When it gets too cold for your liking and outdoors is no longer an option, consider joining your local gym or community center for activities like cardio, boxing, Pilates, yoga or strength training. Some facilities offer great packages for new clients.
So get a little creative. That’s what our fitness journey is all about — keeping it fun and exciting so we keep coming back for more.
Come on, what are you waiting for?
Written by Sarah Lucero, a journalist, marathoner and AHA volunteer.
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