With the leaves changing color, the weather cooling off, it’s time to raid the closet again in search of a bulkier wardrobe. However, this should not signal an end to weight loss and physical fitness efforts. In fact, many people gain weight in the autumn months, side-tracked by dwindling daylight and the start of the busy holiday season. This year, try to avoid weight woes by increasing exercise and enjoying a healthy diet.
Here are some tips to make autumn a “fit” season:
- Enjoy the Great Outdoors. In many parts of the world, autumn provides the perfect season for outdoor activity – cool mornings and evenings and warm afternoons. Get outside and take advantage of the brisker temperatures by cycling, hiking, jogging and playing sports.Discover park trails or take a walk by the lake. If you are near areas with early snowfall, try cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Or, if you live near the water, try kayaking or get out and play a vigorous game of fetch with your dog. Remember, exercise comes in different forms. Raking leaves and working outside in the garden can also help get the heart pumping.
- Go to class. Have you always wanted to try tai chi or yoga? How about a trapeze class or boxing? Look for gyms, fitness clubs and county councils that offer classes in the autumn. Scan the schedules to see if something catches your interest. After all, a well-rounded fitness regimen is important.
- Cut back on the sweets. To help maintain a healthier shape, consider the calorie savings provided by low-calorie, sugar-free foods and beverages. Products sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners allow consumers to enjoy their favourite meals without the extra calories. Over the course of a year, daily calorie savings can add up to significant weight loss.
- Don’t be a couch potato. If you’re planning to watch television, increase your sofa-based activity. While watching your favourite shows, walk or run in place, do lunges, abdominal work or lift weights. Do push-ups or tricep dips during adverts. There is probably 20 minutes worth of adverts in a one-hour episode, which is more than enough time to get those muscles pumping.
- Be social. Find a friend with a similar fitness level and goals and start exercising together. Having a partner helps boost motivation. Plus, you can use that exercise time to catch up on each other’s lives.
Remember, the autumn is the perfect time to start a new fitness program. By burning those calories now, you can create good habits for the hectic holiday season.
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