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Ah, fall. A time of pumpkin flavored everything, comfort foods, and festivals with candied apples and chocolate as far as the eye can see. It’s easy to indulge in the colder seasons, which makes it even more important for you to stay in shape. Consider it a challenge to keep your summer body intact until next summer! These are our top tips to stay in shape this fall.
Some may argue that fall is actually the best time of year for hiking and scenic walks. It’s not miserably hot or freezing cold, and there’s no snow and minimal rain. The leaves are turning pretty colors and covering paved walkways and trails, making for beautiful walks through the woods. If running and sports are not your favorite method of exercise, consider taking up biking, power-walking or hiking this fall. Get moving!
Fall is practically 5k season – you’re bound to find a few near you that you can train for and run in, when it’s time.
Apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall festivals, and decorating for Halloween – these are all activities that you’re bound to partake in that can burn calories and keep you active!
If you’re not into the cool fall breeze, and the chill in the air is stopping you from visiting the gym, consider purchasing cheap workout gear that you can use in the comfort of your living room. You can find yoga mats for as low as $15, and weights are even cheaper. You can spend less than $30 – much cheaper than a gym membership – to create your own workout space. You don’t need fancy workout equipment to stay in shape!
Joining a class doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and having a middle aged man yell at you while you’re on the elliptical. It can mean a kickboxing class, a dance class – anything you want to try! Plus, the fall season has almost no limits as far as sports go. Consider joining anything from a swim team to a softball league (though some leagues will be finishing up in the fall and begin in the spring).
When you think of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and other winter sports, you probably think of fun times with friends – but winter sports can be great exercise. In Tennessee, you may not be able to partake in winter sports until December, but at least you can add it to your list of ways to stay in shape all throughout the colder seasons!
Does your health plan offer any wellness incentives? Some Marketplace plans include gym memberships or discounts for health check-ins. For help finding a plan like that in Tennessee, speak to a HealthTN agent by calling 615-541-4257.