Fall has arrived, and with it comes the chance to shake up your warm weather fitness routine for something more in-season. Whether that means taking your workouts outdoors and into the crisp, cool air, or keeping your exercises strictly indoors, the change of seasons is bound to bring with it a change in your regimen. Are you ready to take advantage of the season’s natural power to boost your workout? Try these five, fun fitness tips to guide your workout routine this fall.
Take advantage of the fall foliage.
Exercising outside can be invigorating, especially when surrounded by the wind rustling colorful leaves under your feet. Head to your local park or trail and enjoy the scenery while you get a good workout. You can burn some calories pumpkin picking, building leaf piles, or walking through haunted trails. It’s also a great time to pace yourself for your next running adventure. Just think about how refreshing it would be to run with the wind in the beauty of it all.
Nibble on the best fruits and vegetables.
Fall in love with flavorful foods that are produced during the autumn season (because we all know that working out doesn’t do any good if you’re pouring junk into your body). The autumn harvest produces a healthy selection of foods that you need to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. This is the time of the year to enjoy squash, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, cranberries, beets, pumpkin seeds, cabbage, and a ton of other foods loaded with the nutrients you need to maximize your productivity during your workout.
Find fun fitness workouts at home.
Daylight savings time strikes in the autumn season; the days feel shorter, making it appear harder to squeeze regular gym check-ins into your schedule. That doesn’t mean you should just succumb to hibernation; you just need to find an alternative that works for you. You can try a 30- day squat, push-up, or burpees challenge to strengthen your muscles a little bit every day, or you can watch a fun exercise video that will get you moving in the right direction. And what’s best is that you can go on your computer and pull up a workout video online that will provide you with heart-pumping, calorie-blasting or core-strengthening workouts without any equipment. Your indoor workouts will make you more effective during your outdoor activities.
Add a bit of variety to your fitness routine.
Fall is the season of beautiful changes: multi-colored leaves, voluptuous pumpkins, and mouthwatering berries. All of these changes on the outside should inspire you to spice up your relationship with your fitness regimen. By adding a few energizing new workouts to your routine, you may gain the extra motivation you need to achieve your end-of-year fitness goals. So if you’re heading to the gym, there’s no need to give all of your attention to the elliptical (that could get boring really fast). Instead, mix up your workouts at the gym by incorporating workout classes that challenge different parts of your physical and mental capabilities. Sign up for Tabata, Zumba, step aerobics, kickboxing, bootcamp, yoga, or any other class that peaks your interest. You should even consider taking a partner to the gym to hold you accountable to trying new things.
Try an autumn detox cleanse.
Weather changes bring about changes in your body that you may not be prepared for, i.e. that dreaded cold weather-induced flu. It’s hard to achieve a quality workout when you’re too busy running through a box of tissues to do any real running in your day. Try an autumn detox cleanse comprised of fall fruits and vegetables to keep your immune system healthy, ward off seasonal colds, and prepare your body for colder months. Just make sure you don’t engage in high-intensity exercises during your detox. Opt in for more gentle, low-impact aerobic exercises such as jogging, walking, bicycling, and swimming to get the body moving and the lungs breathing deeply.