At Red Water Physio, we never get tired of talking about how physical therapy helps keep folks fit and healthy — and how our own FDA-cleared, patient-approved VERA virtual PT assistant lets people perform clinically proven PT exercises from the comfort of home!
But we also know that, important as it is, PT isn’t the only ingredient to a healthy lifestyle. And with the arrival of the autumn months — complete with shorter and chillier days — what better time to explore some of the other important ways to stay fit and active?
No matter what age you are, or what level of fitness you’re currently at, our handy rundown of fall fitness tips includes a pointer or two that’s sure to help you stay active during the autumn months. And keep scrolling for our exclusive fall fitness infographic, a convenient rundown of our fitness tips that you can share with friends and family, or just pin to your fridge or cubicle walls as a helpful reminder.
10 Great Fall Fitness Tips from Reflexion Health
1. Take a walk. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of walking each day to stay heart-healthy. It’s great for fitness too! If your place of work, a corner store or the local cafe is within walking distance, leave the car at home and put on your walking shoes instead.
2. Take a hike. As fun as it is to walk around your neighborhood for some extra exercise, the beauty of nature is even more stimulating — and the cool air of autumn makes a great environment for an outdoor trek. If you’ve got a park or natural preserve in your area, chances are good that it’s got a few hiking trails.
3. Start eating smart. From Halloween candy to Thanksgiving feasts, fall brings with it a season of richer, fattier, hard-to-resist foods. We don’t expect you to avoid them all, but choosing your calories wisely can make all the difference when it comes to staying in shape. And when you do enjoy the inevitable fall feast, make it a point to double-down on your exercise regimen the next day.
4. Get your vitamins. The days get awfully short in the fall, and it’s hard to get much natural sunlight on working days. Vitamin D supplements can give you the nutrients you may otherwise miss — and don’t forget the vitamin C to keep your immune system in tip-top condition, and vitamin B for the energy to stay active!
5. Tackle some yard work. Raking leaves or doing other tasks around the yard is a great way to burn some calories, and the chillier weather makes for an invigorating time to sweat, too. So if there’s a chore or three on your to-do list that you’ve been putting off, the autumn months are a great time to check ’em off your list.
6. Take up a new sport. If you live in or near a city, there’s probably a network of available sports leagues or lessons offered by the local college, city center or even gym. Take a look and you may find everything from a basketball or volleyball league to lessons in golfing, surfing and cross-country skiing, among many others.
7. Learn a new hobby. Looking for something a little more low key? A whole world of hobbies exists that can get you out of the house and earn some extra burned calories. The list is almost endless: biking, camping, bird watching, archery, rock-climbing, frisbee golf, paintball, boomerang throwing — you get the idea!
8. Cut down on TV. Between the networks rolling out their new seasons and football, basketball and hockey filling the airwaves, fall is prime time for the coach potato lifestyle. Setting a TV curfew or a limit on your weekly Netflix hours can do a world of good, and give you some extra time for your new sports or hobbies, too.
9. Gear up! If you’re spending time outdoors this autumn, you’re going to need some layers! From new running shoes or a snappy new windbreaker, shopping for smart cold-weather clothes can help provide the motivation to get out there and burn some calories. (And don’t forget the wool socks — you’ll thank us later!)
10. Stick with it! The toughest part of getting active is sticking with it. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see any results for the first month or so — it often takes longer than that for your body to adapt. If you feel like quitting, just remember: It gets easier after the first 30 days!