is how the holiday pounds begin. The mornings get a little nippy.
The days get a little shorter. The sun is setting by the time you
get off work. All of which means that you no longer feel like going
for a swim or playing an impromptu racket ball match. And yet, you
know you should be exercising.
Fall is actually a great time to exercise. Itís
beautiful out, itís neither sweltering nor freezing, and youíre not
expected to reveal copious amounts of skin. And while a few of the
activities on this list are best suited for autumn, most of them
will carry over very nicely into winter.
Ready to get started? Here are five easy ways to get
moving this fall.
Go for a hike.
You donít need to be the outdoorsy type to enjoy a brisk walk in
your local open space preserve or park. Autumn offers some of
natureís richest and most concentrated colors Ė and a lot fewer
mosquitoes. As with all outdoor fall activities, remember to
dress in layers and wear sunblock.
world can be divided into two groups of people: people who think
running is energizing and refreshing, and people who never run
unless theyíre late. If you fall into the former, autumn is a
perfect time to jog. The air is crisp but not cold, and you have
just enough light to go running before or after work. If you
canít stand jogging, you can always walk.
Return to the gym.
Itís hard to swap sunlight and grass for fluorescent lighting
and whirring machinery, but easing back into a gym routine now
will increase the odds that youíll keep going in the winter. You
probably already have a languishing membership to your local
gym. Take advantage of it by signing up for a fun class! And if
youíre not a gym member, maybe paying a monthly bill will guilt
trip you into exercising more often.
Pull out the exercise
DVDs. Exercise videos have come a long way since the
days of Richard Simmons. It may be dark and cold outside, but
thereís nothing stopping you from putting one of these on for
half an hour in the comfort of your own home. And because no
oneís watching, go ahead and try one of the more adventurous
ones. You know youíve always wanted to learn how to bellydance!
Go to the mall.
There are worse places to walk than in the mall. If you have
some errands to run, why not power walk through the mall to get
to the stores you need? True, this means that you wonít be able
to browse your way there, but think of how much money youíll
save. Be sure to choose a weekday to do your mall-walking:
thereís no way youíll be able to power walk in there on a
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