I love the fall. Love … lurve … LUV!
Fall fitness, to me, is easier than the summer. I don’t have to worry so much about the heat and working out around it, and there’s still an okay amount of early morning light to work with (at least for now). I thought I’d round up some fall fitness ideas for you to try.
Fall Fitness Ideas
Get certified in something. This is a big one, I know … but I’m throwing it out there. Do you love your group cycling class? Most basic cycling certifications only take a weekend. Wouldn’t it be great to understand how your teacher puts their classes together? Maybe you’ll even be so inspired that you’ll become a fitness instructor a couple days a week and a get a free health club membership. Extra cash in and less cash out is a big win/win.
Do a big fitness assessment. You can do this on your own or hire a trainer, but go over where you’re strong and where you’re weak. Don’t just think weak abs, strong legs … How good is your balance? Your hand/eye coordination? Agility? What can you improve and what classes or exercise moves can you add to make that happen?
Gear check. This is usually a good time of year to get new sneakers and maybe check out some other supplies. Is your resistance tubing still up to snuff? Do you need a windbreaker? When was the last time you got some new socks … Or a sports bra? What do you need for fitness gear and add it in.
Fitness personality. Take a look at your fitness routine and determine the “personality” of your workouts. What type of exercise have you done lately and how can you spice things up? If you’re into mellow yoga, how about a vigorous hike? You’ll still be in a calming environment, but you’ll be using your muscles in a whole new way. If you’re a CrossFit™ addict, how about football drills for a touch of variety while still maintaining the intensity.
Something totally new. Fall fashion gives us permission to experiment with something new, so why not try something completely different in fitness too? Finally try out that barre class. Or go on a fall overnight hike. Sign up for tennis! Give a go to whatever appeals to you that you’ve never done before. You never know if you’ll like a new activity or sport until you try it. And yes, lessons will go a long way.
What do you want to do to freshen up your fall fitness routine? I’d love to hear them. Me? I’m thinking about doing a bit more barre work and tennis. Both are something I tried a bit of this summer, but I’d like to do more.