Reboot Your Exercise Habits This Fall
Posted by Natalie Simone
The air is starting to resemble Fall for many of us and with that comes some of the greatest things in life: football, sweaters, boots, leaves changing and so on. With the cooler wind also comes a sense of a fresh start. This is the perfect time to revamp and reboot your exercise routine.
Group Boot Camp – Sometimes you need a good leader and a team to hold you accountable. That is where an outdoor boot camp comes in! Outdoors is perfect for this time of year for working out and many cities offer boot camps in public parks in the early morning hours or after work. Most boot camps say that any fitness level is able to join and you’re encouraged to work out at your own pace. A group boot camp has many perks, one being that you have the rest of the group to help motivate you and get your inner (friendly) competitor fired up but also the groups tend to be small enough where you are able to get some one on one time with the trainer. The best way to find an outdoor boot camp near you is to simply Google it. And with boot camps being so popular around the Fall months you can often find discounts on sites such as Groupon, Gilt City and LivingSocial.
Barre Workouts – One of the newest fitness crazes. Barre workouts have actually been around for many years but has just started to take the world by storm thanks to franchising. A barre workout is the love child of ballet warm ups and pilates. For any ex-dancer it can be the best thing to get you back in an exercise routine or simply get anyone out of their work out rut. When done correctly, a barre class will be strength training (hitting arms, core, butt and thighs), flexibility and cardio! Depending on the class – an hour of barre can burn 300-600 calories. Xtend Barre is one of many studio franchises that truly embrace all of what this workout should be. Men shouldn’t shy away either! Xtend Barre (and other studios) offers classes just for men – even the strongest gym rat will be surprised how sore he is after this class!
Hiking – Hiking is another outdoor workout, which is perfect in the crisp Autumn air. Typically a hike will include an incline of some sort and some beautiful scenery. Not sure where to go in your town for a good hike? Visit EveryTrail to find all the best hiking spots in your area complete with reviews from other hikers. There are a few factors that go into how many calories are burned on a hike such as body weight, intensity, distance and terrain. Use the Get Moving Calculator on CaloriesCount.com to get an idea of how many calories you burned and be sure to have your favorite wearable fitness tracker on hand to track your progress.
The ultimate goal is to get out and get your muscles moving. Other options that are exceptionally great outside this time of year could be a brisk evening walk around the block, weekend bike rides and jogging through your neighborhood. Whatever it is you do to reboot your exercise routine this season be sure to stretch your muscles before and after physical activity to help with flexibility and soreness.