Maximize Fall Fitness
The first day of autumn is September 23, 2015. Like spring, fall offers the perfect time to exercise outdoors and make fitness a priority. Here are some great tips to help you get started:
Commit for 21 days – Try making a commitment to at least one healthy habit for 21 days. Some ideas include: cooking for yourself, going to yoga or the gym, taking the stairs when you can, only drinking water, or going vegetarian. Small changes and short-term commitments may turn into a long-term routine.
Take workout routines outdoors – Whether you’re in the city or the suburbs, try exercising outside of the gym. Think pushups on a park bench or ab exercises in the grass. New technology such as the Apple Watch™ and Fitbit® are great for tracking progress . You can also try downloading a free or affordable app. Plus, before the days get shorter, you’ll soak up vitamin D out in the daylight.
Focus on certain areas – Everyone has a “trouble zone” they want to work on. During your workout, focus on a specific area of the body each day. For example, you could work on your abs on Monday, legs on Tuesday, and arms on Wednesday. This way you’ll get the most out of your workout without being too sore to kick it up a notch the next day. Don’t forget to stretch!
Use exercise equipment on busy days – If you don’t make it outside for your daily workout, hop on an exercise bike, treadmill, or other piece of equipment and distract yourself with great music, a book, or the TV. Treat it as a time to focus on you for 30 minutes to an hour every day, and it may not even feel like work.
Boost your metabolism with strength training – Remember that building muscle burns more calories, so muscle and fitness go hand in hand. Even if you can’t squeeze in cardio, do some simple strength training exercises like squats, pushups, and planks.
Join a gym – With colder months around the corner, it might be a good idea to start planning for an indoor workout routine. Whether you prefer class-based studios or a traditional gym, there are a ton of ways to stay in shape. Companies like ClassPass make it easy to switch it up and keep your workout interesting.
The holidays are coming up soon, and the mild weather won’t last forever. So, now’s the time to get back into the fitness groove.
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