Though summer isn't officially over for another few weeks, the coming and going of Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer for many. And as we say our bittersweet goodbyes to summer Fridays and sunnier days, we also begin to look forward to all that the new season brings—cozying up as the weather cools, crisp fall days, and the quickly approaching holiday season. What typically gets placed on the back burner, though, as we gear up for autumnal activities are our workout efforts. When the temperatures drop, so does our motivation to get out and be active. But if you're looking to keep the momentum going so you don't have to restart from scratch come the New Year, it's wise to make a plan to commit to fitness now, before fall is even under way.
To assist with your efforts and answer the question of how to stay fit in the fall, we've lined up some of the most effective strategies. From fun adventures to a playful spin on seasonal chores, there's a range of options to stay healthy and active without slaving away on the treadmill. Keep reading for seven foolproof strategies for staying in shape this season.
Take a Hike
Fall is the perfect season to enjoy the great outdoors. Get some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful scenery by taking a hike. It's a great way to get in a workout without ever feeling like you're working for it while you're busy exploring local trails.
Make Yard Work Work for You
Yard work can seem like a chore, but if you gather roommates or family for the occasion, you can make it an activity to be enjoyed by all. Raking and bagging leaves can burn hundreds of calories, and when you tackle the task as a group, the time will pass before you know it.
Join a Fall Sports League
The start of fall means the kickoff of sports league season. Get involved and make new friends by joining one that suits your interests. It's a social way to stay active without setting foot in a gym.
Have a Beach Day
The beach isn't reserved for summer. Make a day of it with a nice walk or jog along the shore, free from the crowds. If the water is still warm enough, kayaking and paddleboarding are great ways to get in some exercise while having fun.
Hop on Your Bike
Take advantage of the cooler weather by taking a break from your car and using your bike to get around more. If you're not in a rush, rely on your bicycle to get you where you need to be, or explore a local bike route on the weekend. You'll be better able to take in the scenery—and beautiful changing leaves—and get in a great workout, building strength and stamina as you carry on with your activities and errands.
Try a New Fitness Class
Many gyms offer free classes at the start of the new season. Use this as an opportunity to take a risk with a workout you've never tried before. There's no commitment so nothing to lose by giving something new a go. You may end up loving it, but at the very least, you'll get in a good (and free) workout.
Walk and Talk
Cooler temperatures make it more pleasant to spend time outdoors. If you're catching up with friends—or even meeting with someone for work—consider turning the face-to-face into a walk. It's an easy, low-effort way to get some extra steps into your day, and you may even find it boosts creativity.