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Tips to Get the Most from Your Fall Workouts!

Oct 09, 2020 ● By Rowena Dziubla

Fall is a perfect time for Midwesterners to start a fitness routine or get involved in something to be more active in our daily lives. It usually means the hustle and bustle of summer is tapering off and we are looking forward into the new year. Plus, the days are getting cooler, so a walk on lunch without coming back soaking wet is actually possible. Even though 2020 is so very different than previous years with the pandemic, here are some things to consider when making health a new priority:

Hiking and walking are low-impact and just as effective physically and mentally as running. Try out new types of workouts. With the pandemic, almost every type of workout is online, so you can try it out from the privacy of your own home. There's yoga, tai chi, CrossFit, barre workouts and circuit training, to name a few. You could even try to meditate, and if you fall asleep during the session that's okay, because you're already home!

Savor the season with nutrient-rich seasonal foods like pumpkins, apples and pecans. Pumpkin provides carotenoids (which help fight heart disease and cancer) and contains vitamins C, E and riboflavin, iron, fiber and potassium. Apples are low in calories, high in fiber, have no cholesterol and give your body important nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, calcium and folic acid. Pecans offer zinc, magnesium, potassium, thiamine, folic acid and vitamin B6.

Those looking to level up their fitness over the fall months could invest in resistance bands or weights; they don't take up a ton of space and give a great workout. With a full set of bands, you can adjust the intensity of the workout easily without overthinking it. Also consider getting those heavier dumbbells so you have what you need to power through those lowe- body workouts, but split the weight difference for your upper body workouts. If you already have the smaller weights, find ways to double up to keep challenging yourself. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is when you will start seeing change and progress.

Rowena "Coach Ro" Dziubla is the owner and head coach at GET FIT EGV.