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Autumn Workouts

Fall is an invigorating time of year to work out. Many times you get that slogged feeling where you don't feel like working out due to the excessive summer heat. Feel refreshed and alive again as the heat and humidity of summer lift. Autumn is one of the best seasons to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather and colorful leaves.

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What workouts can you engage in during autumn?

An easier answer to this question is what can't you do to engage in an autumn workout? There's so much to enjoy, you might not get enough time to do it all. While it is still warm enough, go swimming in the nearest lake or ocean. Swimming is a great cardiovascular workout that gets your entire body pumping. It is a fun way to get your entire body in great shape when done on a daily basis. With all the tourists gone until winter arrives, you can have the beach to yourself.

Try canoeing or kayaking amid all the splendor fall has to offer. This is an even better time than summer to canoe or kayak down a river, or a lake because it so much cooler and you will sweat less while getting in a more rugged workout than in summertime. While canoeing you can listen to the birds singing and watch deer gallop in the woods. Fall is also an excellent time to try whitewater rafting -- with a seasoned guide, of course.


Fall is also one of the best times besides spring to go backpacking, hiking and walking through the woods. You can see American bald eagles flying overhead, and watch the hawks hunt for their noontime meal. You will be certain to work up a major sweat and a major appetite as well, due to all the strenuous exercise and all the fresh air. Mountain climbing is best during the fall months also due to the almost-perfect weather conditions.

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For people sticking closer to home, make it a morning or evening routine of walking to become your daily workout session. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a set of hand weights to challenge yourself and get your upper body in shape as well as your lower body. Walk with a purpose and you will practically feel those pounds melting away, ensuring a slim you for the upcoming holiday season.

Another challenging, fun way to get into shape during the fall is to walk very fast on the beach. You will feel the difference of walking on a beach to walking on a path right away. You have to work harder to get through the sand. Lifeguards at many public beaches must train every day by running on the beach before it opens. That's one of the reasons why lifeguards are in such great shape!


Autumn is the best time of year to get that bike out and go for a ride. Mountain biking, bike racing and riding on designated pathways are wonderful ways to catch some fresh air and work out your entire body.

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You can always forgo the ride to work -- save money on gas costs and get a workout in at the same time. Ride several miles every day and prepare to enter a marathon race.

What other ways can you work out in the autumn air? Join a class that works out at different locations outside every morning. It's a fun, invigorating way to start the day. Go for walks and volunteer to rake your neighbor's leaves as well as your own. Have some fun this autumn and work out in the great outdoors.