Summer isn’t over just yet, and for those of us in Houston, the hot weather will be sticking around for a while. Nonetheless, now is the time to get fit and fab for fall! This month, PIYOLET shares with you 9 fitness must-knows to prepare you for the fall season.
1. Tennis shoes are not meant to last forever, especially if you work out in them. Many injuries are caused by old, worn out shoes that no longer offer the support they are designed to. Buy new sneakers after they’ve traveled 300-500 miles.
2. Take your workouts outdoors. With cooler temperatures in the fall season, now might be the best time to sweat outdoors without the risk of heat stroke. Remember, cooler temperatures often warrant an adjustment to your wardrobe; think long sleeves, calf- or full-length pants, and a light jacket.
3. It might sound like cheating, but you don’t have to give up on the TV shows that start up again in the fall. Instead do your workouts in front of the TV! Lunges, squats, running in place, jumping jacks, bicep curls, core work. Think of all the possible exercise moves you can do while watching your favorite shows.
4. If early morning or late night is the best time for you to work out outdoors, remember to wear reflective clothing and consider carrying a flashlight. Stick to the sidewalk or trails so as to avoid car traffic.
5. Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn’t mean the sun isn’t dangerous. Continue to apply and reapply sunscreen when you’re out in the sun.
6. The fall season often means more responsibilities and obligations: going back to school, taking the kids to games and practices, meeting end of the year deadlines, and so on. All of these activities will be entered into your digital calendar and so should your workouts. Think of your workouts as an appointment that cannot be rescheduled or cancelled.
7. Take advantage of the great fall fruits and vegetables. Some may be available year-round, but they are best in the fall. Cranberries. Eggplant. Grapes. Okra. Persimmons. Pumpkin. Apples. Quince. Winter squash. Brussels sprouts. Figs.
8. Add strength training to your workouts. Try: squats to overhead press; step up with bicep curls; single-leg dumbbell row; dolphin plank; curtsy lunge; superman.
9. Stay motivated! Keep yourself going by mixing things up. Try a new class. Spring clean your house and wardrobe in the fall. Make a new workout playlist. Grab a new buddy to run with. Rake the leaves vigorously. Find reasons to get up and move!