4 ways to stay active this fall

If you do manage to sculpt your ideal summer beach body in the warmer months, you probably gain a few pounds back come autumn. If you never quite reach your goal, you probably gave up weeks ago, and even if you didn’t, there’s a good chance the cooler weather will spell the end of your weight loss attempts. If you want to keep moving this fall, here are some ways you can stay active and hopefully keep the winter weight off.

Get a treadmill: Personally, I hate running or biking in the summertime. By the time I get to the top of my neighborhood, I’ve usually lost every ounce of water in my body. Fall and Spring are the ideal seasons for me to get exercise in the great outdoors, but if you’d rather not be outside once the temperatures drop, get some exercise equipment you can use indoors. A treadmill or an elliptical machine should do the trick.

Take a hike: No, I’m not telling you to leave. I’m saying you should bundle up and go explore the great outdoors. Hiking is the perfect sport (if you want to call it that) for cooler weather. Go check out some cool trails in your area and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see some beautiful sights as the leaves start to change colors. I know it’s a great idea, so start planning now.

Hit the stairs: We all spend more time sitting in the fall and winter, so if you work in a larger building, avoid the elevator. Sure, it’s definitely easier to have technology lift you up to the 3rd floor, but you’re not doing your body any favors. If you spend a lot of time sitting, you should definitely walk anytime you get a chance in the cooler months. To and from the car, and when taking breaks, get on your feet and put some miles on those loafers.

Watch football the right way: If you’re a football fan, you may think watching a football game is a super lazy activity (and it definitely is), but it can be less lazy if you follow these directions…

  • Start early by dragging a TV out to the back deck.
  • Get ESPN on in time for the start of College Gameday.
  • Fire up the grill or smoker.
  • Load it full of assorted seasoned meats.
  • Toss the ball around with your kids (or your friends).
  • Eat lots of food.
  • Watch tons of football.
  • Toss the ball some more.
  • Eat some more food.

I only do this about once per season but it’s usually a pretty memorable Saturday. While you may eat a lot, it’s also a lot of work. So, if you’re going to sit around and watch football all day anyway, maybe this way you’ll burn a few calories, and to me that’s a wash.

John Pettit

John Pettit

John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. Web: www.cuinsight.com Details