With the kids back in school and Fall just around the corner most people need to adjust their workout routines in order to stay on track with their fitness and avoid weight gain. Depending on the location the climate changes may not be drastic enough to require major adjustments. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to tweak the following six areas of your workout routine to increase safety and ensure further progress on your fitness journey.
- Clothing: As temperatures start dropping outdoor athletes need to add more layers or at least long sleeves to their clothing to prevent catching a cold. Sweaty gym rats should either take a shower after their workouts or put on a sweatshirt as they leave the gym to help their bodies adjust to the cooler outdoor temperatures.
- Timing: Since it starts getting darker earlier in the evening it might be a good idea to schedule outdoor workout activities earlier in the day when there is still sufficient natural daylight. Parents who have to take their kids to school and pick them up might need to squeeze their workouts in during their lunch breaks.
- Location: Busy Fall schedules leave less time for driving to the gym or park. Switching to a home workout program like P90X or Insanity eliminates traffic stress while saving money on gas and gym fees.
- Intensity: Considering that most people gain weight during the Fall season due to holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, it might be a good idea to turn your workout intensity up a notch. Burning more calories with physical exercise a few times a week can help balance out a few selective bad food choices, but won’t make up for a permanently unhealthy diet.
- Nutrition: Depending on what time of the day or night you workout you should consume your biggest meal in a time frame that supports your activity. In other words, eat something that will provide your body with the needed energy prior to your workout, like a protein bar for example. After your workout eat a hearty meal to help your body repair and build muscle fiber, but avoid eating a big meal right before bed time.
- Health: Although regular exercise can give your immune system a boost thanks to the reved up metabolism you should avoid places that aggravate any seasonal allergies (the park) or put you at risk for catching the flu (the gym).
Making the right adjustments will help you stay active no matter if you work out at home, outdoors, or at the gym.