You stick with your workout routine all summer long so every time you slip into your new favorite bathing suit you feel amazing. When fall comes around, you drop your workout, spend too much money on cozy new fall clothes, and find your spot on the couch, where you’ll happily welcome the return of your new favorite shows, right?
Well, this fall, try something different: make it your most active season yet. With so many opportunities to move around while having a great time, there’s no reason to forgo your fitness goals altogether. Use these ideas to stay active while being inspired by this cool and colorful season.
Get Inspired by Fall Sports
Fall is a busy time of year for sports in the United States with baseball and football in full swing. Get inspired by these sports by adding football- and baseball-inspired training into your current workout routine. This will provide you with much-needed variety and help you build strength in areas you may not be training yet.
Here are a few exercises to try:
• Lower body strength: Heavy weighted squats, leg press, lateral lunges
• Agility: Drills like fast feet, fast feet to full body drop down, sprints, speed ladder
• Rotational power: Squat with medicine ball rotation, wood chops
• Upper body: Tricep dips, triangle pushups, regular pushups
Start a New Indoor Hobby
Indoor hobbies are a great way to stay active and warm. But don’t just pick any hobby—knitting or scrapbooking won’t help you stay active, while rock climbing, ice-skating, dance, yoga and bowling will.
Look for local skating or hockey clubs at the ice rink closest to your house or find a rock-climbing wall, which may be at a nearby college or gym. Better yet, turn to your friends to see what indoor sports and hobbies they love and join them on their active pursuits. You’ll keep moving and have fun hanging with people you want to see anyway.
Try Hiking Photography
Fall is the best time to hike thanks to the gorgeous colorful scenery all around. Motivate yourself to hike more this season by turning each trek into a photography session. If you don’t have a high-quality camera, most new phones provide you with comparable lenses.
For example, the iPhone 7 has the ability to take pictures with larger depth of field, according to a recent review of the new Apple device, which is something only regular cameras like a SLR or DSLR could do up until now. Note: Depth of field brings one part of the photo into focus, while the others fall into secondary view, usually slightly blurred. This is a tactic many professional photographers use.
Don’t have the iPhone 7? The HTC M8 also has this feature, among a variety of other new phones, all of which also produce crisp, professional-looking photos. Bonus: You can frame some of your favorite images as gifts friends and family when the holidays come around.
Sign Up for a Fall Race
Fall is the season of racing because this is the best time of year to work up a sweat outside thanks to crisp, yet refreshing temperatures. While some of the biggest races in the U.S. happen in the fall, like the Chicago Marathon, there are many small, regional races that are happening as well.
Use a website like Active.com to find opportunities near you—with a simple search, you’ll likely find dozens that are fun, seasonally themed (Hot Chocolate 5K!) and paired with other events like harvest festivals.
Try Streaming Workout Subscriptions
With mornings getting colder and darker every day, it’s harder and harder to get yourself to the gym before work. Instead of struggling through each morning wake up call, using streaming workout subscriptions to maintain your fitness at home.
With Grokker, for example, you get your first two weeks free, and pay just $14.99 per month after that. For most, that’s at least $10 cheaper than a gym membership. Pause or cancel your gym for the coming months and keep your workouts at home, where you’re warm and comfy.
Workout With Your Favorite Shows
Fall means the return of our favorite TV shows and a variety of new ones, all at once. Instead of grabbing a pint of ice cream and sitting down for your new favorite series to start, grab dumbbells or a yoga mat. During each commercial do a different set of exercises or stretches. For example:
• Commercial break 1: Squats x 10, alternating lunges x 10 – repeat until show returns.
• Commercial break 2: Pushups x 10, bicycles x 20 – repeat until show returns.
Write your “workout” ahead of time, with exercises planned for at least five commercial breaks and get ready to work your way through fall sweeps season. Because, really, who likes watching commercials anyway?
Fall is a great time to get fit, whether you’re training at home or hiking up a mountain. Instead of dropping your summer workout program, see how you can change it to fit with the new season and stay active all year long.