The seasons are changing which means the busy holiday season and cooler weather are upon us. It’s easy to lose focus on our fitness goals as we adapt to fuller schedules and weather restrictions, but planning ahead can keep us on track. Continue reading below for helpful fall fitness tips!
With the end of summer upon us, it is easy to think that your outdoor activities will become limited. Fall is a great time to refocus and set some new outdoor fitness goals. Cooler weather, lower humidity, and crisp autumn days can re-energize your body to have some of the best outdoor workouts all year long.
With kids back to school and holidays on the way, it may be a challenge to find time to exercise, especially when there is not as much daylight. Challenge, however, is at the very heart of staying fit, particularly with the long days of winter to come. Getting started now can help you generate enough momentum to make it through the coming holiday season without gaining weight.
Walking is one of the best ways to get in extra exercise throughout the day, and with cooler weather, you can often get away with it without sweating too much – something that may make it easier to fit it in all day long. All you really need is a good pair of walking shoes and, perhaps, some fall weather gear to keep you warm, dry, and protected.
The key to making exercise enjoyable is to make it a daily thing. Find a time every day that works for you and stick with it, make it a habit, slowly increasing the time you spend week to week as your schedule allows. Try to get out and experience the different trails in your local area.
Record your daily exercise and what and how much you eat. Some researchers have found that just the act of recording the foods you eat results in better choices and a healthier diet. Also, by writing everything down, you may also start to notice patterns. For example, you may observe that the days you do not exercise are also the days you eat poorly. You can then take appropriate action.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated before, during, and after exercise. Take in the beautiful fall colors and enjoy!