Five Tips for an Active, Healthy Fall
(ARA) - For many Americans, fall provides an opportunity to
realize the active, healthy lifestyle so many people aspire
to. While winter months offer good excuses to stay indoors
(too cold, too slippery, too snowy), fall offers just as many
reasons to be outside and active.
Exercising outdoors can be exhilarating. In case you need
any motivation over and above the glorious weather, here are
five tips for making the most of your fall and staying fit and
active in the process.
1) Diversify: Take advantage of the outdoors by swimming,
bicycling, walking, jogging, and playing golf and tennis. This
variety of activities helps strengthen and condition all
muscle groups. Putting the fun back into your workout also
reduces boredom, the number one killer of good health and
fitness regimens. Before you know it, you will have a
well-rounded fitness and nutritional regimen in place -- the
one that seemed so difficult to establish not long ago!
2) Don’t stop using your club or gym: It takes 30 days to
make fitness a habit, and supplementing outdoor exercise with
regular visits to your health club will ensure that you remain
active during those rainy days, and especially when the
temperatures begin to drop. Remember, too, that your
resistance training is a critical component of a balanced
fitness program, so keep hitting the gym.
3) Maintain a balanced diet: Fall is a great time to feast
on fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, making it easy to
ensure that you get your four to five servings of these
important foods every day. Keep in mind that nine out of 10
Americans do not fulfill their daily requirements. As a
result, many people should consider some form of
supplementation, according to Jeff Zwiefel, president of Life
Time Fitness’ Health Enhancement Division.
“While the goal for everyone should be four to five
portions of fresh fruits and vegetables per day, many people
simply do not have the time or opportunity to get there,” said
Zwiefel. “That’s why Life Time Fitness has introduced a full
line of supplements that have been specially designed to meet
the unique needs and requirements of both men and women.”
4) Make it social: One of the great things about exercise
is that it doesn’t need to be done alone. Call that long-lost
friend that you don’t see nearly enough and arrange to meet
over a brisk walk. Find someone with a similar fitness level
and try a variety of activities -- you can help to motivate
5) Stretch: The more you become active during the summer,
the more important it becomes to implement a regular
stretching regimen. Remember that your muscles may not be
ready for the type of activity you’re engaging in, so warm up
and stretch to help increase flexibility, reduce the risk of
injury and improve blood flow.
Fall workouts combine sun, fun and fitness. Just remember
to dress appropriately, apply sunscreen and drink lots of
For more information about Life Time Fitness, visit
www.lifetimefitness.com, or call (800) 430-5433.
Courtesy of ARA Content