As the cooler weather approaches, many people morph into the hibernation state of mind. But alas, we’re people, and that’s just not an option. Physical activity is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We’ll share a few tips for adjusting your routine for the fall weather, so you can keep your heart pumping and limbs moving all season long.
Start the Day Later
A routine is only valuable if it accommodates your surroundings, and that includes cooling temperatures. As they say, “spring forward, fall back”, which makes fall the perfect time to enjoy a little afternoon sunshine. Exercising outdoors during early afternoon hours is an excellent alternative to early morning runs because not only will you enjoy the warmth, you can also avoids potential accidents or falling due to darkened pathways. Although the sun isn’t as potent as in the summer, you’ll still need to wear sunscreen to avoid unexpected sunburns or skin damage. If you plan on exercising in cool weather, checking in with the weather man prior to stepping out the door can provide further insight on the weather and prevent being stuck in harsh winds or rain. The cool weather will remain persistent no matter what level of exercise you have, so it is important to be proactive and informed.
Your first thought running when a cool breeze smacks against your face is to grab an extra layer of clothing. However, these heavier layers decisions are not always the most beneficial forms of clothing while exercising outdoors. We recommend wearing wear insulating, lightweight clothing items that are less restrictive. Insulated socks are also helpful because they prevent cool air from reaching our skin while also preventing the warm air inside the shoe from escaping. Clothing can make or break a fall outdoor workout.
Nothing is more satisfying than curling up with a warm, nourishing meal after working out in the cool weather. Soup may sound boring; However, there are variety of ways to make delicious and filling soups that will leave you wanting more throughout fall and winter. As the weather gets cooler, people may feel as if they can “take a break” from healthy foods. However, a healthy lifestyle should remain top of mind. Our bodies deserve to be filled with protein-rich, healthy meals in each season. A great low-oxalate soup that will keep anyone full and satisfied is creamy chicken and rice soup. Some ingredients in this soup include carrots, celery, chicken breast and yellow onions.
There Are No Limitations!
Although the weather is turning crisp and cool, you shouldn’t feel obligated to perform your workouts strictly outdoors. Sometimes it is more reasonable to avoid the autumn temperatures and opt to comfortably work out at a local gym. A treadmill and step climber burn just as many calories as walking or running outdoors and focus on the same muscle groups, such as glutes and hamstrings. The gym also removes bodily hindrances such as watering eyes and a dripping nose because the temperature is set within a comfortable range. Before heading the gym, try adding even more excitement to your schedule by inviting a friend. A little healthy competition and company can liven up anyone’s work out.
No matter how cool the fall weather gets, you can enjoy any kind of exercise with the right attitude, dedication and drive.