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As I’m sure you all know, I am incredibly focused on fitness and health. I try to exercise both my body and mind throughout the year. That being said, I understand that finding the inspiration to workout during certain times of the year can be difficult. Spring and summer are typically easier for most, as the weather is getting warmer and people want to take advantage of the warmth and sunshine to get fit. Fall and winter can be a bit more difficult, as the weather gets colder, the days get shorter and the skies are gloomy. But the fall is just as good a time as any to work on strengthening your body.

Here are a few reasons you should workout during the fall, as well as a few tips.

Embrace the Outdoors

Although the weather might be a bit chillier, the season does have its perks. One of the most adored features about autumn is the changing colors of the leaves. During the fall, tree leaves change color from their traditional tint of green to vibrant hues of yellow, orange and brown. Outdoor exercise is also a bit better during the fall as the chillier air will keep you cooler while running, whereas the summer heat can sometimes make working out unbearable. So get out there, run through the trails and enjoy the scenery and brisk air.

Bundle Up!

If you don’t appreciate the brisk air keeping you cool during your morning jogs or afternoon runs, make sure to invest in appropriate attire. Dozens of athletic wear companies have produced millions of clothes specifically designed to keep you warm while working out in the cold. Gloves, headbands, earmuffs, jackets and thermal underclothes are all great ways to stop yourself from getting too cold. This way, you can take your mind off of the cold and keep it on your workout.

Be Careful

As previously mentioned, the fall means less daylight. Most places are completely dark by 5PM, which is right around the time when people are getting off of work and available for daily activities, like running. If you start running outdoors when it’s dark, it is imperative that you take the necessary precautions. Wear clothes with reflective tape, invest in wearable lights that alert oncoming drivers and bring a flashlight along with you to illuminate your path. Also, be wary of where you are running. Stay away from poorly lit areas, try to run with a group and maybe even carry mace or a whistle. You can never be too careful.

The fall comes only once a year. Make sure to take advantage of the beautiful, changing landscape and the crisp, refreshing air. Good luck out there!