5 Reasons To Fall Back In Love With Your Weight-Loss Goals This Season
Fall is one of the best times of the year. With brightly colored trees, crisp air and the excitement of upcoming holidays around the corner, what’s not to love? And now there’s another reason to love fall—exercise.
When it comes to beginning or sustaining an exercise program, it all comes down to enjoyment. While experts recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week, there are ways to make exercise something you look forward to, instead of dread.
Enter the wonderful fall season. With all of its perks, fall is one of the best and most enjoyable times to make the most of your weight loss goals. As Kristin Crea, ATC, manager of GMC's Sports Medicine Program and Concussion Institute shares, these are just a few of the reasons why fall may be the healthiest season for you:
Walking/Running + cooler weather = perfection.
Fall is the sweet spot between the hot temperatures of summer and the downright cold temperatures of winter. With these near perfect temperatures, not only do you feel more comfortable, your body may feel less strained and overworked. This is especially true in chilly weather as our bodies often feel stiffer and more rigid making exercise uncomfortable.
If the ideal temperatures of fall aren’t enough to get you outside, how about the beautiful fall colors? The changing trees and the crunch of leaves on the ground are a true spectacle and provide a great excuse to get outside on a hike or run.
If you’re more of gym person, this may be the best season for you, too.
While the fall season certainly brings some of the best weather, with the start of shorter days, it can be difficult to make it outdoors while it’s still light outside. The good news is, though, that this may actually be one of the best seasons to utilize the gym.
Many individuals are skipping out on the gym for a number of reasons, spending time outdoors, traveling for the holidays, or even a pre-winter lull in motivation. For you this may mean fewer people, more equipment and less crowding or waiting.
You are able to get a jump on the holiday season (aka: winter weight).
When it comes to the holidays, most of us are accustomed to indulging in delicious seasonal treats. From Halloween, to Thanksgiving and of course Christmas, there is a near endless stream of temptation to avoid.
However, by starting your exercise and healthy eating routine beforehand, you will be better able to avoid those tempting treats. And bonus, by developing healthy habits you’ll be well on your way to looking and feeling good, which will make seeing friends and family over the holidays more fun.
Fall produce is yummy in the tummy.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is always easier when there is nutritious and delicious produce in season. Luckily, in the fall there is an abundance of produce that is in season and these fruits and veggies are some of the most versatile. With a wide-variety of recipe options, you’ll fall in love with the produce this season, including:
- Winter Squash varieties (butternut, acorn, spaghetti…etc.)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Brussel Sprouts
While you may just be starting your exercise routine, keep a look out for different races you can be a part of. Every year, there are thousands of races across the U.S. that range from fun 5Ks to marathons and everything in between.
You can select a race that supports a cause you believe in, or pick a race that you and your friends may enjoy doing together. By marking it on your calendar, you are more likely to keep yourself accountable and motivated throughout the fall and seasons to come. Plus, you’ll have a blast accomplishing your goal of participating in a race.