Leaves turning to scarlet and blazing yellow often make us think of curling up in front of a cozy fire. Or reading a good book on a chilly afternoon.
All well and good, says Green Mountain at Fox Run fitness expert LynnAnn Covell. But it’s also a great time to make sure that fitness stays on top of your self-care list. An energetic and inspirational leader, LynnAnn is a long-time and much-beloved staple of our fitness department, lending her own special touch, motivational skills – and humor – to help women learn to love physical activity all year long.
Here are a few of her easy ways of getting fit this fall.
Tip #1 Enjoy the Fruits of the Season
This is a perfect season to plan fun, active afternoons with your family and friends. Go apple picking (then make some natural, seasonal apple treats that the whole family will enjoy). Take a stroll in a pumpkin patch and find that perfect jack ‘o lantern. Bundle up and head out for a hike (search the web for parks, walking paths and hiking trails near you.) Be on the lookout for the most colorful leaves and bring them home to dip in paraffin wax. The kids will have a ball and you’ll get a wonderful workout!
Tip #2: Buddy Up with a Friend
You most likely are not the only person who needs a little nudge to get moving when it gets chilly. Yes? So call up a friend and invite her to join you for coffee–right after you both take a brisk walk together. You’ll enjoy the company and your friend will thank you for motivating her.
Tip #3: Don’t Be Afraid to Stretch Yourself
Make sure you always stretch any time you exercise. It will make a world a difference in how you feel, as well as help prevent aches and injury. Green Mountain at Fox Run has developed a gentle, proven stretching routine (watch this on YouTube) that’s fun to do and easy to learn.
Tip #4: Move Out of Your Comfort Zone to Help Others
Walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, fun runs, 5Ks…fall is filled with all kinds of charitable events that will help get you moving while you help others in your community. And you may discover a new physical activity that you enjoy. Check out your local Chamber of Commerce for a listing of events going on throughout the season.
Tip #5: Take a Spooky Walk (If You Dare!)
Instead of staying home to hand out candy on Halloween, arrange to walk around the neighborhood with the kids. My advice is dress up and really get into the “spirit” – just be sure to remember to wear your walking shoes!
Tip #6: Spruce Up. Shape Up.
Now’s the time to get that yardwork done and those lawn chairs inside (summer is officially O-V-E-R). If you’re able, rake those leaves into piles. Get your yard (or garage or whatever needs sprucing up) in tip top shape before winter weather hits and you’ll help get your body in shape at the same time.
Tip #7: Around the Mall x 3
On a gloomy, rainy day, head over to the nearest mall — to windowshop, not to buy! Make sure you take at least three turns around the mall before you decide to buy anything. (A good rule to follow year-round. Your wallet will thank you!)