By Katie Uhran
Okay, fine, time to admit it: Summer is gone. It is time to welcome in a new season with open arms, a positive outlook, and motivating fitness tips to start or continue your fitness journey through fall. This is the perfect time of year to change things up, try new things, and challenge yourself to be the best version of you, inside and out. Whether you are a veteran fitness junkie or you are wanting to take that first step into becoming more active, this post is all about helping you fall into FALL, inspired and ready to GO FOR IT!
Sign Up For A Race – Even though I love the heat and humidity, a lot of people don’t, so fall is a great time to sign up for a race so you can start training in the cooler temperatures. Watching the sunrise and seeing the leaves change in the early morning hours is the perfect way to start your day. Getting outside each day is a healthy way to get that vitamin D, move your body, disconnect, and start your morning on the right foot.
There is a plethora of 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon options for every level in every state. For each kind of race, there are great training programs to help you get started. Each time I sign up for a half-marathon, I like to print my training schedule and put it on my refrigerator, so each day I can cross it off. Having a race to train for and look forward to helps me stay motivated and disciplined. I believe having this kind of structure is good for anyone who wants to stay active through the fall season.
Try A New Fitness Class – Everywhere you look there are new gyms, yoga, CrossFit, Orange Theory, and spin studios popping up and offering incredible deals to get you to join. So why not take advantage of it and TRY IT OUT? If you don’t like it, who cares, you gave it a shot; now go try something else until you find something that works for YOU! And why not bring a friend or your partner to join in the fun too? That way you both can sweat it out together, have some fun, and keep each other accountable.
Confession – I have a love/hate relationship with SPIN. I honestly used to dread it, but I wanted and needed to add some more variety to my workouts. I needed to shake things up, so when I found out that there was a new spin studio less than 2 miles away from my condo, it was a no-brainer. Method Ride is AWESOME! The studio is spotless, the teachers are kick-ass, they have a decent amount of classes, they offer daycare, and they have a killer selection of apparel. Each class is 45 minutes, and they do some weight training with 3-pound weights, which I LOVE! It is a hard, fun, and intense workout that trains your entire body and leaves you feeling pretty bad-ass. WINNING! I even got the significant other to join too… BOOM!
Tackle This At-Home Workout –
If you are on a budget or not ready to do a workout in a gym, then here is a great workout that you can do anywhere. Do it while you watch the morning news, take it to the park with some of your friends, or do it in your driveway. Not only can you do this anywhere, but you can also do it to fit your needs. Have more time? Keep going as long as you want. Want to challenge yourself? Add dumbbells to some of the moves. Let me know how it goes!
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