Commence Fall Yard Work
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Try Hot Yoga
Worried about cold dance floors and their equally frigid floors? Try hot yoga. The trendy activity of performing Bikram, Power, Forrest, or TriBalance yoga in a hot and humid room has grown into a phenomenon in cities across the country. The added heat will give your limbs extra flexibility, allowing you to hold poses longer and build your endurance. Add a healthy post-workout protein snack fortified with natural coconut oil to jumpstart the calorie burn and your muscle recovery time. As shown in this info-graphic, there are several benefits to consuming this heart-healthy oil.
Use Your Dog as a Workout Buddy
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Pick Up a Winter Sport
Maybe it's too late in life to start playing full-contact ice hockey or take up downhill skiing, but you can still try your hand at other winter activities. Buy a pair of ice skates and a season pass to your local ice rink and start skating on the weekends. Add in a couple of hour-long lessons so you spend more time exercising and less time sprawled and flailing on the ice. The activity keeps your mind focused and your entire body engaged. If ice skating isn't your thing, give other cool weather sports like soccer or flag football a try. Gyms create informal leagues every season for these sports, so check their sign up boards.
Change Your Morning Commute
Staying active in the fall and winter is about making your downtime work for you. If you live close enough to work, try leaving your car at home and walking. Live and work in an inner city like Philadelphia? Join the legion of downtown bicycle commuters by pedaling to the office instead of driving. Changing your routine to add exercise to times where you would normally remain relatively inactive makes all the difference during colder months. You'll help your metabolism stay higher, which keeps the pounds from creeping up during those holiday dinners with the family.
Disconnect from Your Screens
Texting or otherwise browsing the Internet on your phone or tablet encourages sitting and inactivity. Turn your phone and other devices off or keep them out of plain view when you're exercising or doing chores outside. Keeping the digital time-evaporators out of your hands puts more attention on activities like cleaning around the house, taking up indoor tennis, or getting in your mile run at the track. Remember to turn the television off as well, since that screen can also erase hours of your day.
The temptation to sit on the couch and not workout when it's cold outside is strong. Stick to your planned schedule and you'll soon find that your body craves exercise where it used to want an extra-long nap.