3 Ways to Stay Fit This Fall

As days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it can be difficult to stay motivated and keep up with your exercise routine. However, just because it’s getting brisk doesn’t mean that it’s time to hibernate. Here, we break down fun, easy ways to kick those cold-weather blues and stay active as you move from summer to fall.

 

1. Stay Motivated


The first step is to come up with a game plan and find an activity that keeps you motivated and ready to move. The key is to find something that’s fun, interesting and convenient for you: the more you enjoy the activity, the more likely you are to stick to your plan long-term. A couple good ways to stay motivated are:

  • Making a weekly training plan

  • Exercising with a friend

  • Trying a new indoor gym class


Once you choose an activity, make it a mandatory part of your schedule, like a work meeting or a doctor’s appointment. Even if this is only possible a couple of times a week, this kind of prioritization will help you keep yourself accountable and exercising regularly.

 

2. Get Outside


Even though a beach swim may be out of the question, there are still a lot of fun, fall-ready outdoor activities that you can take full advantage of. Here are some of our top picks:

 

Hiking

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Hit the trails and get close to nature to take full advantage of the changing leaves and fresh fall air. Not only will this be an efficient, calorie-burning exercise, but it will also clear your mind and help you get away from day-to-day stress.

 

Get Playing

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Join a fall sports league or just get some friends together for a game of flag football, basketball, or soccer. You can learn new skills, meet new friends, and make the activity a part of your lifestyle.

 

Ice Skating



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If you’re looking for something a little more wintery, channel your inner child and get to the nearest ice rink. Ice skating improves your balance and coordination while providing an excellent, low-impact, muscle-building exercise.

 

Cold Weather Running

Couple running together in the Fall.

Keep your mood up and banish that holiday weight gain by getting out for a brisk run or jog. Can’t find the motivation to go on your own? Join a few charity runs or a running club in your area - you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people, stay accountable and do something good for your community.  

 

Skiing

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If you live near a place where snow falls early -- or you’re up for a weekend getaway -- try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. These activities also provide a low-impact, full-body workout - and they’ll definitely get your heart pumping!

 

3. Pick Up the Right Gear


Even if you have the best fall-weather exercise plan, you’ll never stick to it if you’re uncomfortable or cold. The key to great cold-weather workout gear? Warm, light layers.

This obviously varies by sport and activity, but here’s a quick checklist of key cold-weather workout clothes:  

  • Base layer: Both your base layer leggings and your shirt should be made of a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that will help keep your temperature stable.

  • Insulation layer: This layer is optional depending on how cold it is. It is more important that this layer retains heat, so fleece is usually a good choice.

  • Outer layer: Keep your core warm with an insulated vest or a water and wind resistant jacket to protect you from the colder fall weather.

  • Comfortable footwear: On cold days, wool socks are a must. Also, make sure that your shoes have the proper cushioning and support for your activity.

  • Hats, ear warmers and gloves: Especially as temperatures continue to drop, you’ll want to protect your head, ears and extremities.

  • Activity tracker: get the most out of your exercise with an activity tracker. You’ll be able to check your heart rate, monitor your progress and stay motivated until the last autumn leaf falls.


 

 

 
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