Fall’s just around the corner, and that means cooler weather and turning leaves.

Fall is a great time to start a new fitness program. It’ll help you to create good habits for the upcoming winter months and, perhaps most importantly, the holiday season.

Fall fitness begins with these workouts

1. Hiking

Fall’s a great time for hiking, especially since the weather is cooler and it’s still nice outside. Good for both your body and mind, hiking lowers your blood pressure, strengthens your core, improves balance, boosts your mood, and helps you control your weight. Hiking also builds strength in your hamstrings, glutes, quadriceps, hips, and legs. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the trail map, bring snacks and water, and dress appropriately. If you live in a part of the country where it snows early, try cross country skiing.

2. Canoeing

Who says water sports are just for the summer time? Many states experience an Indian summer where the weather is still warm and sunny. Canoeing provides an excellent whole body workout; it improves your cardiovascular fitness and increases muscle strength. The good thing about going canoeing during the fall season is that the lakes are more likely to be less crowded.

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3. Bicycling

Bicycling during autumn is awesome! The air is nice and crisp and the temperatures are cooler. Bicycling offers health benefits galore, including increased cardiovascular fitness as well as muscle strength and flexibility, and decreased body fat. Plus, cycling burns up to 500 calories per hour.

4. Walking

Autumn is the perfect time to take up walking, especially if you’re starting out slowly. Not only do you get to see all the colorful leaves, but you also get to breath in the crisp, fresh air. Walking has several health benefits. It can help you improve your balance and coordination, strengthen and tone your muscles, and maintain a healthy weight. Remember: the faster, farther, and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits!

5. Outdoor Yoga

Because fall offers such wonderful weather, it’s a great time to do some outdoor yoga. Yoga can help you improve your strength, flexibility, and posture — not to mention awesome stress relief. And just about everyone can do it, too. There are over nine different yoga styles to choose from, so you’ll never get bored.

References

  1. "10 Tips for Fall Fitness," Web MD, November 1, 2011.
  2. "Fall Into These Perfect Autumn Exercises," HuffPost, September 29, 2016.
  3. "Outdoor Exercises That Are Perfect For Fall," Bustle, November 9, 2016.
  4. "Uniquely Autumn Exercises to Keep You Active This Fall," Fit Reserve, October 7, 2014.

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