There’s nothing quite like autumn with its pleasant temperatures and stunning natural backdrop. This is the time of the year when you look at your exercise regimen and see where you can improve before winter comes. The heat will be replaced with crisp evenings, which means you need to prepare to stay in shape this fall.
The first thing you want to do to prepare for this fall season is to plan ahead. Since fall brings a change in weather. The weather conditions may make it difficult to exercise outdoors. It maybe time to either invest in a treadmill and some weights for indoor routines. If you don’t have room for indoor exercise equipment, then it’s time to invest in a gym membership.
Get the right gear and warm up before running outdoors
If you decided to not change your workout routine and you’re going to stay committed to running outside, then you need the right gear. Fall running requires more effort and thought into getting ready. You should be wearing a long-sleeved base layer or a lightweight windbreaker.
When exercising outside, make sure you are warming up. Cold muscles don’t perform as well as warmed-up ones. If your muscles aren’t warmed up, you are increasing your risk of injury and could decrease the effectiveness of your workout. Always warm up inside before you head out to get the blood flowing in your muscles.
Even though you’re not sweating as much as usual because the weather is cooler, still drink plenty of fluids. Water is also a good way to prevent loss of body heat.
Get more sleep this fall
Studies have shown that solid sleep aids your metabolism. Now that you’re not outside enjoying the weather, go to bed. Don’t stay up watching reruns of your favorite show. Catch those ZZZ’s and your body will thank you!
Yard Work Workout
We all know you love your fall chores; cleaning flower beds, trimming trees or bushes and winterizing the house. Do these chores at a brisk pace and you’ll burn more calories and feel good overall about being productive.
Fuel your body
During everything you do this fall, make sure you are fueling your body through it all! Eat lots of protein, fruit and vegetables to help your body stay energized. Also, make sure you’re taking your BCAA’s – support recovery after training. BCAA’s are critical for the maintenance and repair of muscle tissue. BCAA’s can also help you maintain the muscle you already have.
Now that you got the tips to make fall season transition easier this year – go enjoy fall!