Customizing Your Fitness Routine
Now that you know a little more about eating better and losing weight in the fall season, it is time to talk about your fitness regimen.
As we discussed in the previous chapter, there are some struggles when it comes to being more active in the Autumn when weather is cooler and you tend to spend more time indoors. However, there are some great exercises you can do during this time of year, both indoors and outdoors.
Don’t forget that exercise is not just for weight loss or maintaining your physique. It is also important for your cardiovascular health – everyone should be working out, regardless of your weight.
Start with Your Favorite Exercise
The easiest way to start (or continue) exercising in the fall is to stick with an activity you already enjoy. This can be the same exercise you have been doing for a while, or a new spin on it.
For example, if you walk your dog every afternoon, maybe you start going on a longer walk, or you take your dog to a new location now that the weather and leaves are changing.
You might find that you enjoy the gym best, so you keep going to the gym, but try some new cardio or weight lifting equipment.
This makes it an easy transition into working out more, but not having to go out of your comfort zone right away.
Find Something New
When you feel comfortable going out of your comfort zone a little, you can try a brand new workout. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do anything crazy. Pick a new workout class at your gym, or grab a friend to try kickboxing or yoga in your area.
Any time you try new workouts, it makes exercising a lot more interesting, and you are motivated to keep it going.
Get Outside to Workout
As we mentioned previously, fall is a wonderful time for outdoor workouts. It isn’t as hot and miserable as in the summer, but not quite too cold like in the winter. This is the perfect cooler weather for walking, hiking, biking, even swimming if you live in a warmer climate.
Plus, this allows you to involve others, whether you bring your kids and spouse on an evening walk, or head to a local park with your dog.
Indoor VS Outdoor Exercise in the Fall
There are still going to be some days when the last thing you want to do is exercise outside. Maybe it is a rainy day, or you just want to be indoors and not worry about “getting ready” for other people to see you while exercising.
This is okay too! Just work with whatever you have and what is most comfortable for you. Here are some ideas for indoor workouts:
- Find a gym, yoga studio, or Pilates studio
- Use YouTube workouts like cardio or weight training
- Get a treadmill or elliptical for your home
- Try dancing in the living room
- Use at-home workout DVDs or programs
As you can see, there are many ways to get exercise in the fall, both indoors and outdoors. You don’t need any fancy equipment and you never have to step foot in a gym if you don’t want to.