Fun Fall Fitness
Now that the temperature is dropping it can be tempting to head indoors and turn to the treadmill versus exercising outdoors -- but there’s no better time than fall to get fit in the fresh air. The cool, crisp breeze is much more conducive to outdoor fitness than the humidity and blazing sun of summer, and the more time you spend outside, the better you’re bound to feel. We’ve put together a cooler weather workout routine that will help rev up your workout routine this fall.
Expert fall fitness
SheKnows turned to fitness expert, personal trainer and global fitness consultant Sara Haley for help on how to make fitness more fun this fall. She provided some effective exercises inspired by the season that will have you working hard, but having a great time while you burn calories and tone your muscles. Her goal was to create a well-rounded workout that takes inspiration from traditional fall activities – from raking leaves to getting ready for Halloween. "My background is in choreography, so I have a really fun time creating theme-inspired workouts," she tells us. "Plus, I'm someone who really doesn't like to work out unless I can find a way to make it fun!"
Rake and shake
Raking leaves may be an annoying chore associated with fall, but it's also good exercise. So good, in fact, that Haley created an exercise inspired by this seasonal rite of passage.
Whether you watch football willingly or vow to hide the TV remote at the start of every season, you can't deny those players get a good workout. Haley has designed a fun exercise based on this much-loved (and sometimes not-so-loved) sport.
One of the best parts of fall is a trip to the pumpkin patch. Haley suggests turning your pumpkin-picking expedition into a way to burn calories and tone your lower body.
No time to head out onto the trails for a hike? No problem. Haley has a great exercise with all the fat-blasting benefits of a trip into the wilderness.
In honor of Halloween (another one of fall's best features), Haley added a core exercise inspired by our favorite candy-filled holiday.
Black cat stretch
Black cats are synonymous with Halloween, but they also know a thing or two about staying limber. Try this stretch, inspired by a spooky feline.
Watch: Playground fitness
Swing-set fitness is a form of resistance training that is perfect for weight loss or strength training. Watch this video for examples of swing-set exercises for the legs, chest, shoulders, arms, butt, core and other muscles.
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