Fall is here, and the change in the weather may have you cheering or jeering. Cheering if you’re an outdoor workout fan and you’re DONE with the summer heat. Jeering if the waning daylight and cooler temps make you want to go into hibernation mode (we feel ya). Either way, fall can be a perfect time to rediscover nature and recommit to being more active.
Cooler weather allows you to be more active outdoors, but busy work and school schedules may get in the way. And with the days getting noticeably shorter, you may feel like there’s no way to fit it all in. We’ve got a few tips and tricks that can help.
5 Fall Fitness Habits to Foster
Spend more time outdoors.Take advantage of the cooler weather and reboot your walking or running routine. Take in the fall foliage from the bike or hiking trail. Or get after all those leaves with the rake. Time in nature has lots of health benefits, including saying “see ya” to stress. And you may find yourself more motivated to move in a natural setting.
Change your schedule for the changing daylight.If you know you just can’t get yourself off the couch after dark, you may need to work out earlier in the day or evening. Try shifting your after-work workout to lunchtime. Give yourself at least a few tries to adjust to a different schedule and find the right time for you.
Have a backup plan for foul weather.Come up with several indoor workouts that you can do at home and other ways to keep your body in motion. Think active house or yard work, mall walking (get a jump start on your holiday shopping!) or dancing it out in the living room to your favorite playlist.
Work out while you watch.Jog in place, do yoga, lift weights, or walk on the treadmill at the gym while you watch your must-see fall TV premieres. Or break up the binge with a burst of movement between each episode.
Seek the stairs.One of the easiest ways to move more every day is to take the stairs whenever you can, even if only for a floor or two at first. Instead of reaching for the elevator button automatically, look around and find the stairwell. You may huff and puff at first, and that’s OK. Over time, as you establish a habit, you’ll climb to new heights — of fitness, that is!
How will you warm up to cool weather fitness this fall?