A change of season can bring a renewed time to rethink and restart. Fall is a great time to start a fitness program because you have the chance to establish good habits to guide you through the upcoming holiday season and winter months.
Here are 5 tips to start making the most of the season. Who knows, you might be in great shape before New Years arrives.
1. Take advantage of the weather:
Fall can be a treat for the senses: the crisp air, apple picking, pumpkin carving, a gorgeous canopy of fall foliage, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. These months are a great time to exercise outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures. It’s a great time to discover local parks and enjoy walking, hiking or cycling.
2. Fall is the perfect time to gain new physical skill:
Because you burn fewer calories when you begin a new activity (thanks to the learning curve). If you learn something new now, by next summer, you’ll have mastered the skill — and you’ll burn more calories doing it, just in time for swimsuit season.
3. Remember the 30-day rule:
It takes about four weeks for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes. That’s why people who give up on their fitness programs tend to do so within the first 30 days. So, when the alarm goes off in the morning and it’s darker and colder, don’t roll over and hit the snooze button. Try to stick with a program for a month, behavior patterns will have adapted and it will be much easier to stick with it.
The best way to enjoy Fall is to exercise outdoors. But it is getting darker earlier, and staying dark later in the morning, so be smart and safe. If walking or running outdoors wear a reflective vest or get reflective lights. When cycling, affix a light to your helmet or bike. A few years back I got a couple of Saucony USB led light, which I LOVE! Each light will keep you visible from up to 100 yards away and a 1 hour of charge will give you a minimum 1 hour of flashing light. The LED light lasts up to 100,000 hours of service, and you can set it as a solid or blinking light. The best part is that its USB rechargeable so no need for batteries, ever!
5. Dress in layers.
When exercising outside, layer your clothing. Before your body warms up, you may feel chilled, but once the blood gets pumping, you’ll feel overdressed. Lucky of us these days, there’s no lack of great weather gear. Try to use clothing with wicking, often called “DriFit. This fabric wicks moisture away from your skin so you’re not exercising with wet fabric hanging on you. Try three layers: The inner layer should be a moisture-wicking fabric, so it wicks away sweat and you’re not chilled. The second layer should be a warmth layer, and the third layer should be a protective layer (like a windbreaker or rain slicker, depending on the weather).
-There you have it, five tips to Fall into fitness this season. 😉