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What are some ways to stay fit in the fall?

Some great ways to stay fit in the fall include activities such as raking leaves, chopping wood, or going for walks to enjoy the leaves changing. If you are not fond of cooler weather, you can look into signing up for a health class or gym. It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise regime.

Here are some suggestions on how to stay fit in the fall. Autumn is the perfect time to head outdoors for exercise. Hiking trails and climbing is a great activity for caloric burn. You can also find local trails for scenic bicycle rides. In addition the fall is a great time to join community recreational leagues. The local gym or city recreational leagues often start up in fall. Here you can join various sport leagues.

Sari Greaves
Nutrition & Dietetics
Here are some suggestions on how to stay fit in the fall:
  • Take Advantage of Autumn Activities -- Autumn group events like pumpkin picking, corn mazes, haunted trails, and building leaf piles are active options that can also be fun bonding experiences for family and friends. Organize a weekend trip or local get together with an autumn theme and plan to be active.
  • Get Involved in Community Events -- With the fall season comes many holiday themed local fun runs and events. Look in the newspaper for Halloween runs, turkey trots and reindeer romps. According to a summary report by ERIC Digest, a specific goal such as a race to train for increases adherence to an exercise program. Signing up with friends or family will hold you accountable for completing the training.
  • Head to the Trails -- Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year for getting outside. Grab a friend and find some local parks or trails to walk, run or ride a bike and take in the view of changing leaves.
  • Dress for the Weather -- When weather gets cooler, it can deter people from going outside to workout. 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
  • Drink Water -- Stay hydrated even when the temperatures cool down. People often feel less thirsty when it is not hot outside, but staying hydrated is just as important in the fall as it is when the sun is blazing down. When fall rolls around, remember to stay on top of your fluid intake to help with both exercise recovery and appetite control.
  • Drink Tea -- Drink more tea to warm up for the cooler temperatures. Green tea and black tea contain antioxidants that help ward off diseases during flu season so you can remain healthy and active as the season shifts.
  • Avoid Holiday Candy -- According to the National Institutes of Health, on average, non-obese adults gain about a pound a year around the holidays. In addition to creating unhealthy habits, accumulation of this weight over time can lead to obesity. Be sure to pack lots of healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day to help deter you from grazing on sweets that pop up in the office, at home or at holiday parties.
  • Turn Fall Chores into a Workout -- Raking leaves or gardening can burn around 150 calories every 30 minutes.

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