Fall Fitness

The air is crisp, days are getting shorter, and pumpkins and apples are plentiful – Autumn is here!

Although I am not a fan of the shorter days (I’m pretty sure that I’m solar powered), I do love what Fall has to offer.  It’s also a GREAT time to get out and get active.  Below are some fitness tips and ideas for staying active in the Fall.  (And now might also be a good time to consider how to keep it going through the dreary winter months)


1. Get outside! Look up local trails and parks and go somewhere new.  Take in all the sights as you walk, run, or bike and enjoy the cooler air, less humidity, and mostly pesky-bug-free environment!

2. Gear up! Invest in moisture-wicking clothing and try not to give in to the desire to over-dress.  Once you get moving, your body will warm up.  If it is really chilly when you go out early in the morning, wearing a hat will help your body stay warm, as it is where you lose the most heat.  Plus, new fitness gear may help motivate you to get moving.

3. Be Safe! Morning and evening workouts may be done in the dark.  Make sure to wear reflective clothing and use headlights/taillights if bicycling.

4. Try something new! Live near a body of water? How about canoeing or kayaking.  Live near mountains? How about hiking. It’s also a great time to sign up for that kickboxing, yoga, or dance class you have been meaning to try!

5. Don’t forget other activities that aren’t “exercise” but will keep you active – Apple picking, corn mazing, and raking the leaves all count!

6. Stay Hydrated! It might be cool outside, but hydration is still very important.  Take your weight, divide it in half, and try to drink that many ounces of water per day (ie, a 150lb person would aim for 75oz of water daily)  I really enjoy THIS natural hydrating drink during long or intense workouts. (The Orange flavor is my favorite!)

Unsure where to even begin? Try getting up 10 minutes earlier and taking a walk around the block or going for a walk after dinner. Just get moving however you can.

And although this is not a fitness tip, it’s a great time of the year to pick up some delicious and inexpensive produce – check out your local farmer’s market for pumpkin, squashes, apples, figs, dates, and pears and cook up some deliciousness!