With the leaves changing color, the weather cooling, and Thanksgiving only a couple months away, it’s time to raid the closet again in search of a bulkier wardrobe. However, this should not signal an end to your weight loss and workout goals. In fact, did you know that many people gain weight in the autumn/winter months, sidetracked by dwindling daylight and the start of the busy, what I call eating holiday season. This year, here are a three of my favorite tips to help avoid your weight gain and workout woes.
Enjoy the Fall Foliage. Autumn is the perfect season for outdoors activity—cool, crisp mornings and evenings, and warm afternoons are ideal for bicycling, hiking, jogging and playing golf or tennis. Discover park trails or play a vigorous game of fetch with your dog. Raking leaves, carving pumpkins and doing other yard work will get the heart pumping and body burning calories. In places where snow falls early, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Cross Train. Have you always wanted to try tai chi or yoga? How about a trapeze class or boxing? Many gyms—especially small local studios—offer amazing discounts on gym and group exercise classes through Groupon and Daily Candy. So scan their sites to see if something catches your interest at bargain basement prices! Taking different classes will keep up your interest and keep your muscles from hitting a plateau, so you’ll burn max calories. Try my Core Transformer Foundation Class offered every Saturday at 9:30 AM at Up Dog Fitness Studio that routinely offers Groupon class session packets.
Cut back on the sweets. Save calories by switching to low-calorie, sugar-free foods and beverages. For example, drinking a diet soda will save you 150 calories per day. Over the course of a year, that daily calorie savings will result in a 15-pound weight loss! Choosing sugar-free chocolate will save you 50 calories a day or five pounds by year’s end. *Try my favorite fall fruit, Persimmon’s 3 Healthy Ways Recipe click here or Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino with a dollop of non-fat dairy topping recipe, click here.
Remember, fall is the perfect time to start a new fitness program. By burning and banking calories now, you can create good habits for that hectic holiday eating season.