Most of us are fed up with the warm weather and are ready to pack on some layers. We had fun in the heat, but now we have to prepare for winter. Outdoor activity should not suffer because the weather is getting colder. There are many ways you can still enjoy exercising outdoors. Continue reading for some fall fitness tips.
Everyone is all about the pumpkin recipes lately. This fall you can skip the sugar and enjoy the health benefits of pumpkin. Pumpkin is low in calories and packed with vitamins and minerals. It contains protein, vitamin A, magnesium, iron, and fiber. Eating pumpkin is good for the heart and contains a great amount of potassium. Potassium can be attributed to a healthy blood pressure, help protect your eye sight, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and is also full of antioxidants. With flu season coming up, we can all use a health boost. Of course this does not mean only indulging in pumpkin spice lattes. It means that you should incorporate pumpkin into all your meals. You can start cooking with pumpkin and snacking on a few pumpkin seeds during the day.
It is time to protect ourselves against the elements of nature. Based on the normal temperatures for your neighborhood, temperature may drop drastically or slowly. You should be prepared with the proper garments. You are not going to want to workout if you are too cold. Having the proper outdoor gear is essential if you love to workout with nature. Simple things like wool socks and windbreakers to protect you from the cold are crucial this time of year. When you are comfortable, you are more likely to workout. If you step outside and feel chilly, do not go back in. Your body will adjust to this change as the blood starts to flow through the body as you workout. Do not overdress either, then you will be hot and uncomfortable. The best item you can purchase for the fall is a winter hat. You lose the most heat from your head. A hat can help protect you from being too cold and catching a cold on your outdoor exercise.
Prepare For The Warmer Weather
By making fitness an all year long goal, you wont be scrambling in May to regain that perfect summer body. Getting into a new training routine is tough. It takes your body one month to adapt to new diet methods. By starting now, you can get ahead on that new body. The first thing you can do is create a routine you are more likely to stay with it throughout the winter. Create an easy program that you will be able to follow and fit into each day. This does not have to be a long and complicated routine, as it can be short. You just have to get your body moving and not sit around for all the cold months to come. You may even be surprised with your results at the end of May.
Enjoy The Fall
If you are someone who normally works out in the gym, try switching things up. Take a short jog through the park or do some outdoor activities. Enjoying the beautiful whether will keep you distracted and working out longer will be easy. It is no longer too hot to stay outside. In the summer, it is very uncomfortable to exercise outside due to the heat and humidity. In the fall, the weather is just right. You will still sweat, but it won't be as bad as a 90 degree day. You can even include the kids by taking them to do a fall activity. Pumpkin picking and apple picking are great ways to include a little exercise and fun into one activity.
Fall Fitness Challenge
This time of year has many ways to channel your inner competitiveness. You should try participating in a 5k run or walk-a-thon. There may be a particular charity that you value who is having a walk or run. There are also many challenges on the web that you can do right at home. Here is a simple fitness challenge that will only take a week. If you can get through this one, you can try a longer one.
- Monday - 20 minutes of Cardio: Your choice of walking, running, or jogging.
- Tuesday - 10 minutes of Strength Training: This includes push ups, crunches, and leg lifts
- Wednesday- 20 minutes of Cardio: Your choice of walking, running, or jogging. This must be a different activity from what you did on Monday.
- Thursday - 30 minutes of Yoga: You should do beginner yoga positions if you are not familiar with it.
- Friday - Strength training: The same cycle as Tuesday is perfect.
- Saturday - 20 minutes of Cardio: Your choice of walking, running, or jogging. Should be the one that you have no done yet.
- Sunday - 30 minutes of Yoga: This is to finish the week off calm and prepare for Monday.