So Much More than Salads: How to Adapt Your Outdoor Exercise Routine for Fall

By Sarah Wilson, RHN on September 3, 2014 , categorized in Active Living

Healthy doesn’t mean boring bland salads, or mind-numbing workouts you hate.  Health is about finding something that gets you super pumped and excited about your overall wellness. I’m a holistic nutritionist that loves taking the ordinary, and making it kick a$$!  It’s time to get creative, step outside the box, and discover your own way to thrive. My mission is to help you find that path.  

Oh man, do I love summer!  It’s quickly coming to an end, and as September begins I start to feel a little bit of animosity towards this seasonal change.  That is, until I start thinking about how refreshing it’ll be to not have to wake up at the crack of dawn to beat the heat.  There are a few changes we’ll start to see in our outdoor routine as we make that transition into fall.  Here are some tips to make this transition run a little more smoothly.

We’re pretty cool

As September rolls in, so do the cooler temperatures.  What makes this so great, for all of us heat seekers?  Well, we no longer have to wake up at the crack of dawn to go for our runs!  Maybe you’re not a morning person, and now you can hit up a late afternoon run or hike without overheating.

3’s a crowd

Another benefit of summer turning to fall is that our favorite spots whether it’s our favorite hiking spot or our favorite swimming hole will become less populated.  As the tourists head back home we’ll be able to enjoy our favorite spots again without a crowd.  Maybe challenge yourself to check out one new spot a month, somewhere that you’ve never hiked, swam, or ran before.

Back to black

Yes, the days become shorter, and daylight becomes scarcer, but this just means that if we’re going out for that evening run we can invite a friend along.  Safety first!  Get social and join a running group to not only keep you safe but to challenge you as well.  With the days becoming shorter, it also makes for a great excuse to go shopping!  Go get yourself some of the latest reflective gear, or some brightly colored running clothes to make you really stand out in the dark.

So you like it hot?

Find yourself daydreaming about that summer weather?  If September means torrential downpours or drastically dropping temperatures, take your outdoor routine to your local gym, or better yet, hit up a hot yoga class for an extra touch of heat.

If you’re having a tough time keeping up your routine as the seasons change, just up the ante a little bit.  Give yourself a reward or fighting that mental battle and treat yourself to a super yummy smoothie, or hit up your favorite juice bar. If you need a little bit more motivation, read my column next month, on how to get your booty outta bed and start your morning off right.

What keeps you motivated to stay active?

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Sarah Wilson, RHN

Sarah is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and works at Vega as a Product Specialist. Sarah educates from experience! Drawing on her retail leadership in the natural health industry, her own nutrition consulting, and a personal passion, she equips audiences with tools and inspiration to feel their absolute best from the inside, out. Specializing in sports and fitness recommendations, Sarah is active as a runner, playing soccer or enjoying the Rocky Mountains on her snowboard.

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