Fall is a great time to start a fitness program — you’ll create good habits during the holiday season and the upcoming winter months, and if you stick to it, you’ll sculpt that sweet summer body to flaunt.
Here is a list of fall exercise tips to help you in your journey:
- Get new shoes. Old walking or running shoes can quickly cause leg and back injuries. The general rule of thumb is that if you run or walk 10 miles a week, it’s best to replace your shoes once a year.
- Maintain your exercise equipment. Bicycles, rollerblades, or treadmills should be inspected, cleaned, and if needed, repaired on a regular basis. Things like exercise balls and yoga mats should be thoroughly cleaned as they can harbor mold and bacteria while being stored in the garage or basement.
- Prepare for less daylight. Be smart and safe while maintaining your workout routine as the daylight hours shrink in the fall. If you are accustomed to working out at the same time every day and darkness occurs during those hours later in the season, be prepared to wear a reflective vest and carry a flashlight. This is especially important if you run or walk where there is considerable traffic. If you are cycling, be sure to add a light to your helmet and/or bicycle.
- Enjoy the cooler fall temperatures and the fresh air the season offers. Finding a trail that runs through a forest in a local park could also be exciting in the fall as the leaves are changing colors. Just be careful of fallen leaves that could leave the path slippery. Just getting outside and moving can make a world of difference to your health. Be sure to check WeatherBug’s Fitness Forecast to see when’s the best time (and temp) to exercise!
- Make small efforts to work more fitness into your day. Instead of watching TV after work, record your favorite shows and go out for a short walk while there is ample evening daylight. Pick up an enjoyable hobby that keeps you moving, like bowling or dancing. Also try to sneak in more daily exercise by doing little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking at the far end of the lot at work.
- Think outside the box. Fall is a great time to learn something new. Many classes at gyms and elsewhere get started in fall, so look around for something that interests you. Now is the time to learn to kick-box or master the jump rope. And with the kids in school, parents have more time to focus on their own health!
Remember, fitness and health is an investment — put in the work now and reap the rewards later. Stay motivated!
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-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team