Once the weather gets chilly and you don’t have the luxury of slipping on your running shorts and going for a morning jog, it can be difficult to stay active. That doesn’t mean that your workout routine should grind to a halt, however. Here are a few smart ways to switch up your exercise routine for autumn weather.

  1. Work around changing schedules. Not only does the weather change in the fall season, so does your schedule. If you have to transport the kids to and from school, arrange to work out in the afternoons when you can expect to have some time to yourself.
  2. Keep indoor workouts on hand. Although the fall provides beautiful backdrops for running outdoors, its unpredictable weather can also bring cold temperatures or even rainfall. Be sure to research a few indoor workouts so that your routine stays on track.
  3. Prepare for the weather. If you live in an area that gets very cold come fall, stock up on thermal leggings, long-sleeve shirts, and even gloves to wear while running. It’s also smart to wear reflectors on your clothing if you like to work out outside, since the sun goes down earlier during the autumn season.

Adapting Your Outdoor Exercise Routine for the Fall Season [Fitness Together]
Adapt Your Workout for Cooler Weather [F&W News]
Fall Fitness: Stay Healthy This Autumn With These Health Tips [YMCA]