The temperatures are dropping, and for much of the country, we will be waking up to frosty mornings within the next month or two.
When the last days of summer come to an end, it can become more difficult to get in your daily run or walk. It is darker in the morning and in the evening, and when the temperatures get chillier day by day as we head through October and November into December, you might feel less motivated to brave the great outdoors. In some areas, snow and ice will make outdoor workouts treacherous in the fall…
Rather than give up on your exercise regimen until the spring, here are some fall workout ideas for getting in your physical activity during the colder months.
Go Out When It’s Warm
Many people who work traditional daytime hours like to get in their workouts early in the morning or later in the evening. Since these are now the coldest and darkest parts of the day, it makes sense to change your schedule to allow for a midday workout, if possible.
Can you take a walk during your lunch break? Plan ahead by bringing your walking shoes and a towel to freshen up.
Consider Joining a Gym
If you usually exercise outdoors and that’s becoming less appealing as the weather gets colder, think about a short-term gym membership. Many gyms will allow you to join on a month-to-month basis, so you can save money by joining in October and canceling in April or May, depending on when spring arrives in your area.
There are some considerations to keep in mind, however.
- Ask yourself whether you will be willing to drive to another location to work out. If it isn’t convenient, you might pay for the membership and hardly use it.
- Make sure they have enough equipment. Gyms tend to get busier during the cold weather months for the same reason you’re considering a membership, so you will want to be sure there are enough treadmills, elliptical machines, and weight machines to go around on busier days.
- Double-check the cancellation policy and confirm that they will allow you to cancel with no fee (or for a nominal processing fee) after less than one year.
Get Your Groove On in the House
Fall is a great season to spend more time in the house; many of us yearn for the coziness of home when the days are short and chilly.
If you enjoy being home during the cooler months, take advantage of it by turning on some music and dancing around as you do your chores! An hour of moderate dancing can burn off 400 calories, so combine fun movements with the tasks you’re doing anyway and let your housework do double duty.
Learn Something New
Joining some type of exercise class will teach you new moves and will introduce you to new people. When the class ends, some of these people may become fitness-minded friends who could make good jogging partners once spring rolls around.
Look into your nearby recreation center or the YMCA for possibilities. You might enjoy yoga, water aerobics, or spinning. You can also find out whether a local dance school has Zumba or ballroom dancing classes, which are excellent ways to burn calories while having a blast.
Use the Internet for Free Resources
If you’ve ever taken on any home improvement or automotive repair projects, you might know that you can find an instructional video online for pretty much anything you would ever want to do.
Exercise is no exception!
You can go to YouTube and find videos on all sorts of exercise routines, including yoga, kickboxing, walking in place, and much more. Choose one favorite, a few that you like, or mix it up by picking something different every day.
Take Advantage of the Season
While it is chillier out than you might prefer, there are some great activities that can help you stay active during the fall months.
- If you enjoy watching football, consider going to a game. Walking up and down the bleachers a few times is a workout in itself, not to mention strolling around the perimeter of the field and walking back out to the parking lot to find your car.
- Or, you can see if there are pick-up soccer or football games that you might be able to join at your local rec center.
- Fall fairs are another fun activity that will help your steps add up quickly. Meander in and out of the buildings to stay warm in between visiting the outdoor exhibits.
- Raking leaves burns lots of calories, as does climbing up and down a ladder to clean fallen leaves out of the gutters.
Staying active during the fall might not be as simple as it is during the spring and summer, but there are ways to keep your heart healthy and your waistline trim. Give some of these fall workout ideas a try; you just might find your new favorite activity to incorporate into your year-round exercise routine!