Fall is a great time of year to take advantage of nature’s transitional beauty. Packed with sensory delight, cooler air and the promise of colorful foliage, autumn provides the opportunity to break from the confinement of the gym and to head outdoors for your workouts!
Whether you put your gym membership on hold for a few months, head outdoors on the weekend, or start a new fitness regimen, these three exercises are easy, excellent forms of aerobic activity which can benefit weight management and give your heart a good workout—all while enjoying the fall scenery.
Fall may be the best time of year for running outdoors. The cooler temps allow you to stay outside longer so that you can explore new areas where you can exercise, such as various parks or trails. It will also likely be easier to find a partner to join you for added fun and accountability. Trail running, in particular, is effective at helping to burn calories over a shorter duration due to the intensity. Keep in mind the days become shorter as fall marches on, though, resulting in darker mornings and earlier sunsets in the evening, so be sure to schedule your run accordingly, to ensure plenty of daylight as well as safety.
If you live in an area with some elevation, hiking can offer various stunning views as you burn calories and give your legs a fantastic workout. If you happen to live on flatter land, then you will have to think outside the box and head to parks, lakes or trails that offer scenic areas where you can hike and enjoy the great outdoors during this exceptional time of year.
Typically, the best time to buy a bike is in the fall as the riding season winds down. If you don’t own a bike already, then now is the time to start looking. Sports physiologists have found that the body’s metabolism is not only raised during a bike ride, but for several hours afterwards. Done solo, with a partner or group, cycling enables you to cover long distances, which can mean even more adventures!
While these are wonderful workout options, they may not be your thing, so your choices aren’t limited to these activities. Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, rowing, touch football and rollerblading are also some great outdoor exercises for fall fitness.
So, get outdoors and enjoy the fall weather for your workouts. It’s amazing out there!
To avoid injury risk, be sure to seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Additionally, stretch following exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.
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