October 19, 2015

5 Tips to Stay Active this Fall

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I love the fall. Summer is still my favorite season but there are many wonderful things about fall. Not sweating to death at night but having a cozy nights sleep. Picking fresh apples and pears. Roasting squash and all things seasonal. Eating doughnuts and drinking hot cider.

As the weather cools down, it is easy to stay inside curled up on the couch instead of staying active. I feel my best when I am active though so there are a few things that I do to make sure that I continue moving my body, even though I may be shivering.

5 Tips to Stay Active this Fall

1. Get an exercise buddy
I am lucky enough to live super close to my parents and sister. My sister especially loves to exercise and her and I motivate each other to exercise even when we don't feel like it. I will tell her to stop watching Grey's Anatomy (haha) and to meet me for a walk and she will tell me that we need to run and that it is in my head that I can't sometimes. We are a good pair! My mom will also walk with us and my husband and I will take evening walks sometimes. Having an exercise buddy can help motivate you to exercise which is a great thing!

2. Bundle up
The number one thing that deters me from wanting to exercise in the fall or winter is the cold weather. About two years ago, I stocked up on some cold weather workout gear that makes a world of difference. Having a very warm pair of gloves or mittens is great. I like running headbands if you are going to do any kind of sweating as opposed to a hat. Having quality gear such as a jacket, spandex long sleeved shirts, running leggings, etc. helps. Check the weather before you exercise to make sure that you are dressed appropriately.

3. Rake the leaves
As I told you before in my fall memories post, we used to have to rake A LOT of leaves at our previous home. This is honestly one of the best workouts that you can get. It is great cardio and you will be sore for days after! If you don't have enough leaves in your area, you can rake leaves for other people such as grandparents who can't do it themselves.

4. Take a nature hike
If you live in an area where the leaves change color, it is a beautiful, can't miss event. Make sure to take lots of walks in your area and enjoy the leaves changing colors. It is so pretty! I have been taking lots of these walks with my daughter and showing her the beautiful leaves.

5. Address any health issues
Two years ago when I was running a lot, I had a couple of issues that I should have taken better care of. One morning, I was running and had a horrible fall. I scraped up both of my knees, my legs, my hands, my chin, my elbows, etc. I somehow tripped on someone's sprinkler or something and went down hard. I should have gotten some scar treatment or something because now, I have several scars from it.

Also, if you are exercising in shoes that give you blisters, switch those shoes immediately! If you are not working out in the right kind of shoes, you may also get an injury which could take awhile to recover from. If you do get a blister, make sure to take care of it right away.

What you can do is use COMPEED® Blister Medium Cushions which can be found only at Walgreens. While wearing one of these, you can carry on with your daily life including going for a run or wearing heels out. They cover the blistered area completely and act as a breathable second skin covering the exposed nerve endings to relieve your pain quickly.

It provides a barrier from water, dirt and bacteria. They come in different sizes to meet your needs. When I have a blister (which happens usually from my work shoes), I will be using these!

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