Fall is a great time to start a fitness program because you are going to create healthy habits for the holiday season and beyond. Why wait for New Year’s Day, start today!
Here are a few ways to make the most of fitness in the autumn season:
Exercise Outdoors. These Fall months are a great time to exercise outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures. Walking, hiking, jogging, and biking are all great outdoor fun and perfect this time of year. Visit park trails and take in the beautiful scenery. Be sure to dress in layers and remember it is getting dark earlier, so be sure to wear a reflective vest and carry a flashlight if you are out in the evening.
Try something new. Have you always wanted to learn a type of dance, a new form of exercise, or take on a new challenge? Many facilities restart or launch programs in the fall. Check into your local recreation center, YMCA, or gym to find what different kinds of programs are starting up. Your body will love the change and challenge of mastering a new skill. Keeping it new can also help you stay interested and motivated as it gets colder—making you that much more likely to master the skills and burn even more calories!
Move More! Find a way to fit exercise into your life, especially in those areas where you do not expect to be burning calories. 1.) Fall is the time for TV premieres but you don’t have to just sit there while watching. Walk or jog in place, do squats, or lift weights. During commercials, do push-ups or sit ups. “I personally love to fold and put away laundry while watching my favorite show,” says Adrienne Vose, a Certified Fitness Trainer in Woodbridge, VA. “It is a great way for me to keep moving, catch up on my show and tackle the to-do list.” 2.) Watching your child at football practice? Get up and walk around the field as you cheer! 3.) Instead of sitting or eating during a work meeting, have a walking or workout meeting. The air and exercise will be perfect for coming up with new ideas.
Strive for 30. It takes about 30 days for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes. After the first 30 days, your mind and body will have adapted and it will be easier to stick with it. Remember, it is better to do at least 10 minutes of exercise a day then nothing at all.
Find What Motivates You. Everyone is motivated by different things. It is important to first figure out your goals. Next, start working towards those goals with daily motivations. Some motivational tips: 1.) Choose something you’ll enjoy doing and likely be able to keep up. 2.) Create a challenge and reward yourself with something other than food. 3.) Workout with a buddy or trainer who will encourage you and keep you accountable. 4.) Follow motivating people and businesses online.
No matter the season, you can find a way to move just a little more. For more motivation, health and fitness tips, please follow Move More Fitness on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook!
Sources: Idea Fitness Journal , WebMD Inc