Warm cider, autumn leaves, and cozy afternoons—what’s not to love about fall?
Well, if you’ve been thinking about starting a fitness routine, you might assume that by fall, the best season for outdoor fitness has already passed. But we’re here to tell you that this is far from the truth.
Autumn brings with it cooler temperatures, but if you’re expecting to sweat and push yourself, that might be an advantage. And with lower bug populations and potentially fewer distractions, fall just might be the perfect time for you to get serious about fitness.
Why? Keep reading to find out!
1. The Cool Breeze
If your summer jogs have left you sweating under the sun, the cool air of autumn can be a welcome respite.
The lower temperatures can also give you a wider window of time when you can work out. If you’re used to having to wake up super early so you can exercise outside without overheating, you might find that you have many more options in the fall. Even if it’s not first thing in the morning, you’ll likely be at a cool enough temperature anyway.
You might worry about getting cold when you exercise in the autumn, but in lots of cases, being on the cold side is much better than being too hot.
When you work out under the hot sun, you can put yourself in danger of dehydration and heatstroke. If you’re a bit chilly, though, you can at least count on your body warming up the more you exert yourself.
And if you get too cold, you can always retreat back indoors for an outfit change. This is often less desperate of a process than feeling like you’re going to pass out from the heat.
2. Outdoor Fitness Scenery
The great thing about autumn walks and runs is that they can involve a nature walk at the same time. The beautiful scenery can help your outdoor fitness routine feel less like a chore and more like an adventure.
If you have certain routes or locations you love to visit when you’re exercising outside, the changing colors of fall can give you a bit of ‘nature news’ as well. You might find yourself excited that a certain tree has finally changed color, or that some fruits and nuts are starting to fall.
And if you want some professional guidance while staying in the location you love, personal training in the fall could work great for you. Rather than meeting up at a gym or official location, a personal trainer can come to your usual workout spot.
3. Staying Dry
Along with the cooler air of fall comes, for many, a nicer humidity level.
Depending on your area, the summer heat can bring with it some of the highest humidity levels of the year. This can make it hard to cool down during outdoor fitness routines.
Usually, sweat brings some relief from the heat because its evaporation is a cooling process. But when the air’s already filled with moisture, your body will be less able to “sweat off” the heat. The humidity affects the evaporation process, making the summer months uncomfortable for many.
In the fall, though, the air might feel crisp and somehow less thick. This is because, in general, humidity levels drop the further away you get from summer.
If outdoor fitness was a pain in the summer months, it’s worth a try to do the same routines in the autumn. You might find that it was the humidity that was holding you back.
4. Fewer Distractions
If you have kids at home, summer might’ve been an overwhelming time. Taking care of the little ones and making sure they have something to do can be a full-time job.
So the start of school in the autumn might leave you more time to take care of yourself. Take advantage of this opportunity and work some outdoor fitness into your regular routines!
You might even have time now to work out with a buddy or try a group class. This can improve your motivation and help you optimize your workouts.
5. Incorporating Yard Work
For those out there with yards, fall might be a time of hard work outside. Raking up leaves, gathering fallen branches, and bringing in harvest can feel like a lot.
Another way you could approach this, though, is as a chance to multitask. If you think about it, a lot of exercise routines are actually pretty similar to the movements of manual labor, like yard work.
Try combining your strength exercises and your usual yard work movements. This way, you can feel like your efforts are doing multiple things at once to improve your life.
6. Hiking Trails
For many, autumn is the perfect time of year to go on scenic hike routes. If your local park or nature reserve has hiking trails, this can be an excellent way to transition your workout routine to match the new season—no outdoor fitness equipment necessary.
Look up the local wildlife and vegetation for autumn where you live and see if you can spot any on your hiking trail. This is a nice way to get exercise and feel connected with your local surroundings at the same time.
7. Fewer Bugs
One major advantage the colder weather brings with it is the smaller risk of bug bites. During the summer, lots of bugs are at their peak populations, and you might find yourself spending more time swatting mosquitoes than enjoying your workout.
In the United States, mosquito season ends around October or November every year, depending on what region you live in. This is just one of the many reasons you might feel more comfortable working out in the autumn months.
Next time you visit your local outdoor fitness park, see how much the bugs are (or aren’t) bothering you. Chances are, the weather will decide.
Now Get Out There and Try It
The best way to learn about how outdoor fitness works in the fall is to experience it for yourself. We have a feeling it might grow to be one of your favorite times of year to work out. The crisp autumn air brings a lot of new things, and your new fitness routine could be one of them.
If you have questions about how to make fitness work for you, get in touch! We’ll be happy to help you figure out something amazing.