Fall is a time of year with cooler weather, a little less light, and for most, a change of colors in the scenery. When taking stock of daily fitness, many of us tend to procrastinate during the fall and winter months. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. The fall months can be an extraordinary time for setting the tone of your holiday and wintertime fitness activities. Here are some health tips to assist you in keeping in shape as the seasons turn.
Use the Weather to Your Advantage
Fall can be one of the best times of year to be outside. The temperature usually doesn’t get too cold during the afternoon and evening, so you can still plan some outdoor activities that have exercise built into them. Walking outdoors—either solo, or with a pet—can be a great form of aerobic exercise. You could also get a walking group together with friends and take a nice, leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or path of your choice.
Use Your TV Time Wisely
Fall is also the time of year when new TV shows premiere. Many people plan their weeknights around their favorite programs, but this doesn’t mean you need to drop your healthy habits. Use the hour or two in front of the TV to your benefit by practicing some stationary physical activities. Crunches, push-ups, jumping jacks, jogging in place, and even stretching exercises can be performed while you’re watching TV, helping you to make maximum use of your “couch” time. It can also provide the 30 minutes of daily exercise recommended by the American Heart Association.
Set Realistic Goals
Everyone is motivated in a different way and it’s important to maintain that motivation to help you keep up a consistent exercise routine. Whether you’re focusing on weight management, heart health, toning, or doing more serious training preparation, be sure to find your motivation and set realistic, attainable goals that galvanize your efforts.
Integrate Exercise into Your Daily Routine
Time can often be the biggest challenge when it comes to exercising consistently. But the idea of exercise can be applied to many things throughout your day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator if you only need to go up a few stories, or walk instead of driving if your destination is somewhere close. Even chores such as raking leaves in the yard can be a great way to exercise when you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to a particular activity.
Don’t Wait Till New Year’s to Make Healthy Lifestyle Resolutions
Fall doesn’t have to be the time of year where you start giving up the healthy habits or exercises you participated in all summer. There are plenty of creative ways to stay fit even during the change in weather. Or if you’re thinking about starting a new fitness routine, why wait until the New Year when you can start doing something now? Adapt with the changing of seasons and maintain your healthy habits all year long for a higher-quality lifestyle and better overall health.