Many Canadians don’t want to admit this. But with September finally here, the summer is practically over. The kids will be returning to school next week and the weather is slowly but surely making its transition into cooler temperatures. Yes, the fall season will soon be upon us. And, for many of us, our daily routines are about to go through drastic changes. And these changes our bound to impact our workout schedules.
When the summer begins, many of us are all too happy to take our exercise routines outdoors. Excited to exit our cooped-up statuses of indoor workouts, we thrive on warm and sunny days that allow for enjoyable jogs in the park. So what do to when it’s too cold to go outside every day? While the fall can still provide pleasant conditions for outdoor exercise, there are alternatives to our summer workout routines.
Here are three ways to keep fit during the fall:
1. Get back into the gym. Many of us don’t have homes that are conducive to working out. Between a lack of space and an absence of exercise equipment, some of our homes are better left for activities such as eating and sleeping. If the end of summer lessens your choices for workout locations, make the gym your go-to destination. Now is the perfect time to renew that gym membership that you may have been neglecting for the past few months.
According to MamasHealth.com, “it takes 30 days to make fitness a habit, and supplementing outdoor exercise with increasingly frequent visits to your health club will help diversify your exercise regimen and set the stage for regular workouts once autumn’s leaves have fallen…While aerobic activity such as running or bicycling is good for your heart, resistance training is also a critical component of a balanced program.”
2. Dress for the colder weather. Who says that outdoor exercise is off the table just because summer is coming to an end? Some people can’t get enough of the great outdoors. There are even some who continue to get their cardio through jogging in the park all throughout the winter season! The key, of course, is to keep warm. Needless to say, you’ll need to layer up appropriately depending on the temperature outside.
As Rian Landers notes on Livestrong.com, that shouldn’t be hard to do. “When weather gets cooler, it can deter people from going outside to work out,” he writes, “This problem can be mediated by wearing wind-shielding clothing and dressing in layers. Proper attire and accessories (hats, gloves, etc.) that cut down on bulk but still allow for warmth make outdoor fitness more enjoyable as the chill of fall approaches.”
3. Pay better attention to nutrition. Throughout the summertime, it’s easier to fall into the trap of eating junk food. With all of the festivals and fairs that take place, you’re bound to indulge in some of the fried, salty and sugary eats that are commonly sold at these events. You’re not alone. But, now that summer is winding down and the temptations are bound to decrease, a renewed focus on healthy eating will help you to stick to your fitness goals.
MamasHealth.com notes that following the “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” idiom is a good idea. “Rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, both of which reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, inhibiting the growth of dangerous plaques along blood vessel walls, and dietary fibre, apples are a delicious and nutritious snack that can be enjoyed any time of day,” explains the website.