Fall fitness tips


Healthy living tips from Kira Bishop - Fitness Coordinator, Armed Services YMCA Family Center

As the cooler months approach, it can be quite tempting to skip your daily workout for time in front of the television under a warm blanket.  Don’t let the cozy weather ruin all of the hard work you put in at the gym all summer.  Follow these tips for Fall that are sure to keep you on track towards your health and fitness goals.

1)    Fall is the perfect season for outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, running, and walking.  Bundle up and hit the trails at a local hiking area or park.  Take the whole family on a Saturday morning and make it your new routine to check out a different hiking spot each weekend.

2)   Watch television actively.  Fall is premiere season for many popular shows, but it does not have to make you a couch potato.  Schedule mini workout sessions during the commercial breaks while watching your favorite shows.  Most 30-minute shows have 8 minutes of commercials and 1-hour shows have around 20 minutes.  Use each commercial break to work on bodyweight movements such as jumping jacks, mountain climbers, push-ups, lunges, squats, triceps dips using your couch, or keep a jump rope handy and jump non-stop for the duration of each commercial.  Don’t be afraid to get creative!

3)   It’s hard not to let the yummy smell of pumpkin flavored everything make you fall completely off your healthy eating track this time of year.  Don’t deprive yourself, but keep your goals in mind every day.  It is ok to indulge a little occasionally.  Better to indulge a little than to binge a lot.  Just do not indulge too much.  by keeping “real foods” stocked in your kitchen at all times, you’ll have healthy food options always available, and you won’t be as likely to let yourself fall back on processed foods, like sugary cereals.  Keep stocked up with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean meats.  The important thing is to make your grocery list include as much natural and real food as possible.


These are just a few tips to help you stay on track with your goals.  Remember, you do not have to wait for the New Year to start making healthy resolutions.  Start now working towards a healthier, fitter you!