FALL: WHY IT IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR FITNESS

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Without a doubt, fall is considered the best season of the year. Some might try to argue for spring, winter or summer, but in reality, nothing can compare to the cool, crisp air, bright, crunchy leaves and tasty seasonal treats of this festive season we call fall. Though it pretty obvious that in general fall is the best season, what you may have failed to realize, is that it also happens to be the best time of year for fitness. Why? Glad you asked…

You don’t have to get so sweaty. This especially applies to any type of outdoor workout. Cooler temps mean that going for a run doesn’t result in clothes that are completely saturated in sweat after only 2 minutes and the ability to maintain a body temperature that makes you feel like a normal human rather than an egg frying in a pan.

The gym crowd starts to thin out. Fall basically starts the holiday season. This means that people’s schedules are starting to fill up with plans that involve everything but going to the gym. This leads to more space and equipment for those who are dedicated to their fitness no matter what the time of year.

Two words: perfect weather. If you don’t care for the gym, well, there’s no better time of year to workout outside. Most places are getting a rest from extreme climates so outdoor exercise is possible and more importantly, enjoyable. It’s cool but not too cold, most days are sunny and clear and your exercise options are almost endless: from simply going for a walk, taking a hike, pumpkin or apple picking, raking leaves or attempting to navigate a corn maze, there are so many fun, out-of-the-ordinary ways to stay fit in the fall. Also, you can enjoy the changing scenery by hitting the beach or trails.

Halloween themed everything. Speaking of Halloween, fitness is definitely more fun in the fall thanks to themed events and races such as The Monster Dash, Sleepy Hallow Halloween 10K, The Great Zombie Run and other local events. It gives everyone the chance to run around dressed up in costume, even those who would otherwise be deemed “too old”.

Jumpstart your New Year’s Resolution. While everyone else will be making resolutions on New Year’s Eve, you will already have made significant progress. Start now and enjoy your success through the holidays instead of making plans to improve next year.

Make TV Count. Fall is also a popular time of year for TV fans since many networks debut new series, seasons and of course, football. Don’t let that couch suck you in completely – instead of downing an entire bowl of chips and salsa, get moving during commercial breaks with squats, lunges, planks and jumping jacks. Do a set or two during each commercial break and you’ll have a nice little workout session while rooting for your favorite team.

Spice it up.  This is the season of cinnamon and pumpkin. Yes, there are many “not so good for you” treats made of cinnamon and pumpkin but these two gems can be very healthy as well. Did you know that one teaspoon of cinnamon packs as many antioxidants as a half of cup of blueberries? It also helps to keep you feel fuller longer so stir it into coffee or tea, sprinkle it on oatmeal or toast and it can even can be mixed into chili and other savory dishes for a spicy twist. Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene and vitamin A (good for the eyes); great source of fiber, can help keep the elasticity in your skin and has more potassium than a banana. Add a couple of tablespoons of canned pumpkin into your oatmeal, make a yummy hummus or add fresh cubed pumpkin into your vegetable soup.

Perfect time to pull out your crock pot/slow cooker. Speaking of vegetable soup – fall is the perfect time for your slow cooker or crockpot to become your new best friend. Healthy recipes that allow you to prep in the morning (or night before) and come home to a ready-to-eat meal will not only help keep your fitness on track, it gives you more time in the evening for family or exercise as well. There are literally 1000’s of great, healthy recipe ideas online.

So get out there and take advantage of this wonderful time of year and like always, if you would like help reaching your fitness goals, call or text us at 770-330-2126 or email info@bodyrich.com.  Also check out our website at http://www.bodyrichfitness.com/

Paula Jamieson

Bodyrich Fitness Company

Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Nutritionist/Exercise Therapy Specialist

 

 

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