Just because summer is ending, doesn't mean you have to give up exercising outside. Autumn is actually a great time to explore the outdoors since the temperatures are cooler. Here are ten tips to make the most of your fall workouts:
1. Enjoy the greenery
Compared to hitting the gym, exercising outside feels like a lot less work. Enjoy the cooler weather, and take advantage of fall's colorful foliage. Go hiking or locate a bike path amid nature.
2. Dress in layers
Depending on where you live, temperatures could either gradually decrease or drastically dip over the next month or two. Invest in breathable, moisture-wicking clothing. You don't want to overdress, but you also want to make sure you're warm enough. That's why dressing in removable layers is a good idea.
3. Freeze your gym membership
If you'd rather spend more time outside, consider freezing your gym membership for a few months. Not only will this save you money, but you'll also be able to focus your attention on outdoor activities.
4. Stay safe
With shorter days come dark mornings and evenings. While this shouldn't discourage you from walking or running outside, just be smart about it. Wear reflective workout clothes, carry a flashlight, and stay clear of heavy traffic roads.
5. Indulge in self-care
Fall is the perfect time to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit. Regularly schedule self-care by getting a massage after exercising, learning to meditate, and taking an art class. Treat yourself with activities that promote wellness.
6. Cut yourself some slack
Remember that it takes roughly four weeks for your body to adapt to lifestyle changes. Instead of giving up right away, give yourself a break. Try to stick with a program for a month, and don't get discouraged if you don't see results right away.
7. Get motivated
Different things motivate people. Some want to lose weight, while others want to strengthen and tone their bodies. Choose something you enjoy doing that'll help you achieve your goals.
8. Stay hydrated
Be sure to stay hydrated even when temperatures cool down. People often feel less thirsty when it's cooler outside. This is why it's crucial to keep on top of your fluid intake throughout the day.
9. Turn chores into a workout
Instead of dreading raking up all those leaves in the backyard, turn it into a workout! You can burn between 300 and 400 calories per hour just raking leaves -- not only is it a great cardio workout, but it helps to tone and strengthen your body, too.
10. Workout indoors, too
As the weather cools down and begins to change, it can be challenging staying motivated. When you can't exercise outdoors, don't be afraid to workout indoors, too. Varying your workouts will keep you engaged and motivated.
- "10 Tips for Fall Fitness," Huffington Post, November 23, 2014.
- "10 Tips for Fall Fitness," WebMD, n.d.
- "10 Tips for Fall Fitness," Livestrong, September 5, 2018.