Fall Fitness: Stay Healthy This Autumn With These Health Tips


The start of September means many things for families all across the country: The leaves are slowly beginning to change colors, the days are getting shorter and the sky is becoming darker earlier, and the temperature outside is dropping steadily each and every day. While this transitional time of year is exciting and a favorite for many people, these changes can also be very stressful and hectic for those trying to keep up with their health and fitness routines of summer.

As the weather changes and the summer temperatures disappear, it can be very difficult to stay motivated. However, with the changing of the season comes a new time to rethink and restart your health and fitness routine. Plus, kicking off a fresh new fitness program this autumn will also help you create good habits to transition into the upcoming winter months.

Whether you are looking to bring your healthy summer habits into the fall season, or you want to start a fresh new workout regime this autumn, it is important to plan ahead for seasonal changes and learn about the best ways to make the most of the weather outside. To help you get started, we have put together these fall fitness tips that will help you stay healthy and keep in shape this season:

1. Get Outside

The crisp autumn air and gorgeous fall colors outside make the perfect backdrop for your daily workouts. If you are looking to take in some fresh scenery and soak up the smells and sights of the season, head to some local parks or trails in your area to try out walking, hiking or cycling. These simple activities are great for both adults and children, and provide just enough exercise to get your heart pumping and your legs moving. Or, if you are lucky enough to live near water, try kayaking or canoeing for an excellent whole-body workout.

2. Dress In Layers

One of the most important things to remember whenever you are exercising outside in cooler temperatures is to dress appropriately. For instance, wearing wind-shielding clothing and dressing in layers will help you to stay warm and make your fitness activities more enjoyable. While you may feel chilled before your body gets a chance to warm up, layers will help protect your body against the outdoor elements and will keep you warm during your workout.

3. Stick With Your Fitness Program

While it may be tempting to roll over and hit the snooze button on those particularly chilly mornings, you should try and stick with your exercise routine for at least a month. This is because it takes about four weeks for behavioral patterns to sink in and for your body to adapt to the lifestyle changes you are making. Exercising takes constant commitment and motivation. Therefore, be sure to schedule it into your daily routine, just like you would with chores or meals, so that you do not give up on your fitness program so easily.

Do you have any more tips for staying motivated and active during the autumn months? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. In the mean time, be sure to check in with your local YMCA to learn about the beneficial health and fitness classes we are offering this fall.



Authored by: YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas