Tips for staying active in cooler weather

Hello fall! It was 53 degrees when I walked outside yesterday morning and I could really feel fall in the air. The fall season signifies cooler weather and shorter days, but that doesn't mean that our fitness option are limited, because we can continue activities like walking, jogging, cycling or hiking and seeing the beautiful fall foliage. Check out these tips for staying active, even as the temperature begins to drop.


1. Enjoy the beautiful weather: Fall is not too hot nor too cold and, at times, perfect! This time of year can also be great for the senses: the crisp air, apple picking, pumpkin carving, a gorgeous canopy of fall foliage, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. Embrace these opportunities to exercise outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures. Raking leaves and doing outdoor yard work is a great cardiovascular activity.

2. Learn something new: I've said this many, many times, but it's true -- anytime is a great time to get out of the same workout rut and try a new activity. Learn pilates, boxing, or jump rope. Fall is a great time to learn something new!

3. Add exercise into everything you do: Parking your car farther away so you can walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and take a walk during your lunch break. If you walk before lunch, chances are you’ll eat less.

4. Stay with a program. Commit to a regimen for a month and develop a pattern. Adapt a program you know you will stay with for longer than a month (see #2 above and try something new for 30 days)

5. Strive for the 3 Cs -- commitment, convenience + consistency. All three will lead to a successful fitness program. Exercise takes commitment. Convenience means choosing a gym close to your home or office, or an activity you can do at home. Finally, there's consistency. Work out for 10 minutes a day rather than one hour every month.

6. Find your motivation. It's important to first discover what your individual goals are (lose weight, muscle toning, or health reasons). These will help you stick to your workouts on days when it's the last thing you want to do.

Did I miss any? Leave your tip in the comments below.

(photo by Laura Metzler)