COLD WEATHER’S moving in, but that doesn’t mean your workout routine has to suffer. When seasons change, your fitness routine should, too. Learn some smart strategies for exercising this fall.
Here are four helpful tips to keep in mind as you set out to exercise this autumn:
Layer it on. You need to be warm to stay comfortable and avoid injury. Wearing layers allows you to shed some as your body temperature rises.
Make autumn chores a workout. Us a rake instead of a leaf blower and burn some calories. For example, a 150-pound person who rakes leaves for 30 minutes burns over 130 calories.
Warm up. Warming up is an essential pre-workout step regardless of season, but it’s even more important for avoiding injury when it’s cold out. A 10-minute warm-up should do the trick.
Work out earlier in the day. Because the sun sets much sooner in cooler months, 6 p.m. can feel a lot later than it actually is, making it easier to forgo getting in a workout. Shoot for working out in the morning or during daytime hours.
Have a drink. Always remember to stay hydrated and cool down after exercising, regardless of which season it is.