I hope that everyone has been able to spend some time outside over the past few days! We have really been enjoying the cooler weather. The Fall is a great time incorporating more activity into your life. After a summer full of vacations, ice cream and laying by the pool, chances are good that we are all in need of a little jump start. Fall provides cooler temperatures, which means exercise can be taken outdoors. The best part about working out outside? It’s free! No gym required. Here are a few things you can do outside to get yourself moving:
- Walking- Walking is something that people at any fitness level can benefit from. If you are a beginner to exercise, start by walking for 30 minutes, three days a week. Over the course of a month, build up to 30 minutes a day for five days a week. Squeeze in a walk on your lunch break, or take two 15 minute walks a day. The results will surprise you! Once you’ve been walking for a month or so, try…
- Running- Yep, I said it. I know it sounds scary, but running is a great form of cardio, and doesn’t require any equipment besides a good pair of shoes. Click here for a great beginners plan that I used when I started running three years ago.
- Biking- I love biking because the whole family can do it! Take a trip to Shelby Farms or ride the Greenline together.
- Yardwork– This is my least favorite option, but yardwork totally counts as exercise. Think about all the effort it takes to rake a whole yard full of leaves. You will be exhausted, sore and sleep well that night.
- Outdoor games- Play kickball, basketball, baseball, Red Rover, Simon Says or jump on the trampoline with your kids. Not only will you feel great from the activity, you’ll get quality time with your kids.
Now you have no excuse not to get active this Fall. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: Author is a certified personal trainer through NASM. Always get your doctor’s approval before starting a new exercise program.