8 Tips for Fall Fitness

If you put in a lot of hard work during the summer and don’t want it go to waste, or if you were too late to the summer body party, then the fall is perfect for you to get back on track.

Learn these 8 tips that’ll set you up for success this fall.

The fall is usually associated with colder weather, darker days and time spent reminiscing about the good ol’ summer days. However, the fall could be a great time to start a new exercise routine to re-energize your workout, create healthy habits leading up to the holiday season, and jump start your 2019 goals.

If you put in a lot of hard work during the summer and don’t want it go to waste, or if you were too late to the summer body party, then the fall is perfect for you to get back on track.

Here’s how.

1 . Find the Best Time to Exercise

Due to the weather change, most people switch up their workouts. This could be for the better or for the worst. One thing is for certain though, the fall provides better weather throughout the day, which means you’ll have more ideal times to get in a jog or outdoor workout. (You will also not have to worry about your gym not having adequate A/C!)

Are you a morning person? Can you sleep after a late workout? Ask yourself these type of questions in order to find out what works well for you and stick to that choice.

2. Take Advantage of the Weather

Sticking to the theme of better weather, fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy outdoor activities. Whether it’s hiking, cycling or taking a quick walk after dinner, find time to take your fitness outside every week. Being outdoors with refreshing, cool air can be great for your mind and body.

3. 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. Be prepared for those fleeting moments of free time with fitness DVDs or better yet, hit up Hulu for free workout tutorials on Exercise TV.

4. Be an Active TV Watcher

Fall brings new seasons of our favorite TV shows, so it’ll be very easy to become a couch potato victim. While you watch TV, you can walk or run in place, do standing lunges, do tricep dips off the couch, or lift weights. During commercials, do push-ups or sit-ups. In a one-hour show, you probably have close to 20 minutes of commercial interruption. You can also load up your shows on your mobile device and hit the treadmill!

5. Learn from 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.

6. Less Time = Quicker but More Intense Cardio

Life can get really busy this time of year due to family and/or work responsibilities, so finding time to exercise can be quite difficult. If this is the case for you, then you should definitely give H.I.I.T. cardio a try. This type of cardio is great for busy schedules as they take less time and can be done almost anywhere. H.I.I.T. cardio also burns a ton of calories.

Do you need some sample H.I.I.T. exercises? If so, check out our “Cardio” workout section here in the app!

7. Take Advantage of Your Child’s Sport Activities

It’s back-to-school time, so sports will be taking up a notch as well. If your children participate in any type of sporting activities, then take advantage of that. Instead of being THAT parent at the game or match arguing every call, get up and take a lap around the field or gym. You can also practice with your kids outside of their school’s normal practice schedule. This will help with family bonding as well.

8. It’s Time for New Gear

Now, who doesn’t like shopping? Use the fall to load up on new workout gear that’ll keep you warm and comfortable during these colder months. And be sure to dress in layers if you are going to be exercising outside. These days, there’s no lack of great weather gear. Dri-Fit clothing wicks moisture away from your skin so you’re not exercising with wet clothes hanging on you. There are also workout clothes that help you stay warm as well.