The colder weather may be upon us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep exercising just like you did this summer. The gym is definitely a good option when it’s raining, but otherwise, outdoor workouts and trail time are still a great choice to stay fit this fall.
Hiking in the fall, with all the beautiful colors and lovely sounds nature has to offer, is a wonderful way to enhance your mental and cognitive health. Try power walking or jogging. Take a few breaks to do some yoga or Tai Chi. How about walking meditation?
Along with running and/or cycling, include some simple lunges, hill sprints, bench dips, or wall sits, for instance. Doing a circuit workout or weight training session can be a nice way to challenge yourself in the colder weather. Some traditional dynamic stretches before working out might include:
- Wide arm and leg circles
- Shoulder and neck shrugs
- High steps
- Air squats
Outdoor Workouts Benefits
Exercising in colder weather helps:
- Burn extra calories
- Boost endurance
- Fight depression and seasonal affective disorder
- Wind down and sleep better
- Enhance heart and metabolic health
On a Final Note
Don’t forget to dress in layers to keep warm. A hat, gloves, scarf, and warm socks may be needed too. Enjoy your workout!
Until next time!
Team Equip. “4 Keys to Maintain Fall Fitness.” Equip Newsletter, 6 Oct. 2022. firstname.lastname@example.org. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.
“What Are the Benefits of Working out in the Cold? (plus Safety Tips).” Dr. Axe, draxe.com/fitness/working-out-in-the-cold/. Accessed 9 Oct. 2022.
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