California is beautiful in the fall. As the weather cools and the days turn shorter, the leaves on trees in my home city of Corona start shifting into delicate shades of orange and red. The beauty of the landscape and the chill in the air always makes me want to sit with a book and a warm cup of cider. But although it may seem odd in such a cozy milieu, fall is also my favorite time to get out of the house and exercise. I love the outdoors, and jogging through the beautiful landscape is one of my favorite pursuits in fall. Below, I’ve compiled a few tips and tricks for those looking to establish an exercise pattern this fall – so take a look, and work on your autumn fitness habits!
Build Habits for Winter
The key to any good exercise routine is consistency. The American College for Sports Medicine recommends that those interested in developing a fitness plan should exercise four to five times a week and stick to their schedule. Unfortunately, it can take a full three to six weeks for a lifestyle change to stick; thus, maintaining a pattern of exercise during the initial month or so is vital to establishing a habit. That way, you won’t be tempted to stop exercising when cold winter weather rolls in!
You may feel chilly when you first step foot outside, but that will likely change once you begin exercising and your heart rate picks up. Fall is a great time to layer up and be prepared enough to continue your fitness ventures regardless of shifts in the weather and temperature. Chris Freytag, a Fitness Trainer with Prevention magazine, suggests that those exercising in the fall should wear three layers: “The inner layer should be a moisture-wicking fabric, so it wicks away sweat and you’re not chilled. The second layer should be a warmth layer, and the third layer should be a protective layer (like a windbreaker or rain slicker, depending on the weather).” Dress accordingly!
Enroll in New Classes
Have you ever wanted to try yoga or foray into Crossfit? Most fitness centers offer new classes in the fall, making the season perfect for trying a new fitness program. Be brave and try something out of your comfort zone!
You don’t have to confine your exercise to a half hour jogging in the park. Think outside the box! A good hour of yard work or periodic exercises at your desk during the workday can be an excellent variation on your fitness program – so consider your fitness plan creatively!