"I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery, air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, This is what it is to be happy." – Sylvia Plath
The brisk autumn air provides a colorful and refreshing atmosphere to revamp your fitness routine! It also presents a unique set of workout options that can help you stay active, motivated, and healthy. In this blog article, we'll explore different kinds of outdoor movement and provide essential fitness tips to make the most of this beautiful time of year.
5 Fall Fitness Ideas
1. Trail Running
Consider taking your running routine to more organic settings - the vibrant hues of greenery and foliage create a breathtaking backdrop for your workouts. Trail running not only challenges your cardiovascular system but also engages your stabilizing muscles as you navigate uneven terrain, so be sure to wear proper trail running shoes for added grip and support! If you don't find yourself with lots of time to hike, consider implementing time to stroll instead, whether it be parking a little further to walk to your location or taking more active breaks at work by getting out of your chair. Taking a moment to move and indulge in your natural settings will do you good whether you take an intense or more leisurely approach.
2. Forest Bathing
This is the time perhaps most known for the sight of autumn trees, so be present by immerse yourself in nature's splendor by forest bathing. "Spending time around trees and looking at trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves mood. Numerous studies show that both exercising in forests and simply sitting looking at trees reduce blood pressure as well as the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline" - dec.ny.gov. Staying long hours inside due to work or needs at home can be stifling, and forest bathing is gentle but impactful way enjoy and refresh yourself. Make the choice to walk the scenic route wherever you go to get more benefits of what fall has to offer.
3. Cycling Through Autumn Scenery
If you bike to the office, you've probably been able to reap the benefits of soaking in your seasonal surroundings and enhancing your physical health. Cycling is an excellent low-impact workout that targets your lower body muscles and boosts cardiovascular fitness. You can take a course on a flat sidewalk, or consider exploring challenging terrains to keep your workouts exciting. Always remember to wear a helmet and when you hit the road!
4. Stay Hydrated
While it may not be as hot as summer, staying hydrated is still crucial. The cooler air can deceive you into thinking you're not sweating as much, but your body still needs fluids. "Water is vital to our health. It plays a key role in many of our body’s functions, including bringing nutrients to cells, getting rid of wastes, protecting joints and organs, and maintaining body temperature" - health.ucdavis.edu. Bring a water bottle and take sips regularly, especially during longer sessions.
5. Dress Comfortably and Layer Up
Fall weather can be unpredictable, so it's essential to dress appropriately for your workouts. Layer your clothing to adapt to changing temperatures - some good options might include investing in different kinds of materials that can retain heat or remains unaffected by weather, such as a rain jacket or a windbreaker. You likely get pretty warm with higher impact exercises though, so don't forget a moisture-wicking base layer to stay dry. Invest in comfortable athletic shoes with a good grip suitable for outdoor activities.
Autumn's cool air and vibrant scenery create an ideal backdrop for refreshing and motivating workouts. By incorporating these fitness tips and embracing the season, you can stay active, motivated, and healthy while embracing the unique beauty and energy of this colorful season. Fall into fitness and make the most of this vibrant time of year for your physical and mental well-being.
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