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Whether you spent the summer hiking trails at Starved Rock or swimming laps in your gym’s outdoor pool, exercising outside doesn’t have to stop when the leaves change color. Actually, fall is a perfect time to generate a new routine to re-inspire you and revitalize your workout
Check out the tips below and get motivated!
Enjoy the New Colors. Exercising outside feels like a lot less work, especially if you’re doing something you enjoy. Embrace the cooler weather and take advantage of outdoor adventures before the winter rolls in. Research park trails nearby to enjoy a hike or bike ride taking in fall’s colorful foliage. Even apple picking or pumpkin gathering with your kids is a fun activity that is sure to burn calories.
Layer up. The change in season brings about a change in climate. Temperatures will be gradually getting colder. Keep this in mind as you plan outdoor activities and invest in breathable, moisture-wicking clothing. Though you may feel chilly at first, your body will quickly warm up once your blood starts pumping so you don’t want to overdress either. For those cold morning runs, a hat will help insult your head, which is where you lose the most heat.
Be safe. Shorter days bring dark mornings and evenings, but this shouldn’t stop you from an outdoor exercise regime. Just be smart about it; wear reflective workout clothes and carry a flashlight to illuminate your path. Bike riders should invest in headlights and blinking tail lights and stay clear of heavy traffic roads. All early morning or evening exercisers should opt for designated paths or head to the local school track.
Take a cue from the kids. As children head back to school this season, remember that you, too, should never stop learning. Are you interested in boxing, tap dancing or even fencing? Give it a try. Ask about deals on intro classes to find out if it’s right for you, or scour daily deal sites for introductory discounts.
Work out at home. Now that the days feel shorter and the holiday season is looming, fitting fitness into your daily routine may feel impossible. But remember, even 15 or 20 minutes is enough time to get in a quick workout — think living room aerobics or a quick dash around the neighborhood.
Savor fall produce for less. Grocery stores and farmers’ markets will be full of fall’s freshest produce including apples, figs, pears, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and winter squash. In-season produce is rich in flavor and cheap on your wallet.
Weigh yourself regularly. With colder weather comes bulkier clothes, and It could be easy to overlook a few extra pounds through bulky sweaters. Combat this oversight by weighing yourself regularly, preferably at same time every day to get the most accurate reading, your weight fluctuates during the day, so it is best to do it in the morning for the most accurate reading. For help tracking your weight and exercise progress over time, try Fitbit’s Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, which wirelessly syncs to a free and private online account each time you step on the scale. You’ll get stats with easy-to-read graphs of important body measurements including weight, BMI and body fat percentage over time.