Transitioning to a Fall Fitness Routine

October 19, 2023

Fall is the perfect time to establish some new healthy habits. As the air turns cold, you can take advantage of these feelings of a clean slate by trying out a new fitness routine.


Switching up your fitness routine is key to keeping your body and mind challenged during exercise. Whether you’re interested in spending time in the gym or you’re looking for a group fitness environment to help you get to the next level in your fitness, the following fitness options will help you maintain what you gained over the summer!


Option 1: HIIT Hiking


The goal for HIIT Hiking is to get your sweat on while you are out in the fresh air. HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, involves doing short bursts of super-hard work (like running uphill or moving through a hike at a much faster pace than usual) followed by periods of rest.


When hiking, you can create your own HIIT workout. Challenge yourself to move intensely for 30 seconds at a time, then follow your challenge with 2-3 minutes of rest. As you begin to work HIIT into your routine, you’ll likely find that you need to boost the intensity to get the same level of challenge. Be sure to check in with yourself regularly to ensure that you’re pushing yourself appropriately, both to spike your heart rate and give yourself ample recovery time.


Option 2: Active Recovery


The day after a tough workout, it’s smart to keep moving–without overdoing it. Active recovery allows you to get the psychological and physical benefits of exercise without pushing yourself too hard when your muscles are still in the process of repair.


Active recovery can take many forms, and it can be fun to go through your active recovery process outdoors on a beautiful fall day. Going for a walk in the park, doing yoga in your backyard in comfy sweats, or going for a leisurely swim in an indoor pool while you watch the leaves fall outside can all be perfect ways to promote healing in between your more intense workouts.


If you are not sure what type of active recovery makes the most sense for you, chat with your trainer about how you can make the most of your days out of the gym.


Option 3: Dance


Dance classes are a great way to make friends, boost your confidence, and get a great workout. Whether you’re working on your steps to get ready for holiday parties or you’re just looking for a great way to get a good workout indoors, dance classes will help you get sweaty while forcing you to get outside of your comfort zone.


Don’t be afraid to try a few different styles of dance to find the option that’s the right fit for you. Whether you’re interested in jazz, hip-hop, or salsa, you’ll get to learn something new. If taking a dance class isn’t your primary workout, dancing can be a great form of active recovery for your off days from strength or HIIT workouts.


Option 4: Personal Training Sessions


Prefer to stick to indoor workouts during the chilly months? You’re not alone. Working with a personal trainer is a smart and popular choice for those who want to take their fitness to the next level.


Working with a personal trainer is a smart way to keep your body guessing. When you work with a trainer, you have a fitness professional who is keeping track of your progress and using that information to develop new workouts that will meet you at the nexus of your current ability and the challenges that will push you forward.


You also get the knowledge of a fitness professional who gets to know your likes, dislikes, goals, and what works well for your body. You’re also getting accountability–which can be especially important if you struggle to keep up with your workouts when cooler weather sets in. While you may struggle to make it to early-morning gym sessions on your own, knowing that a personal trainer is there waiting for you to begin your workout can give you the push you need to stick with the plan.


If you need extra guidance in your fitness journey, please reach out to KB Fitness Solutions. Our team of certified fitness professionals will be glad to help you achieve what you are meant to achieve!

The Author

Carlo Varquez, M.S.

I believe in the practice of preventative health. The only way to combat chronic diseases is through preventative action such as exercise and diet. My health and wellness career started within myself. After being an active person in high school through sports, my fitness dropped entering college. I gained unhealthy habits that lead to weight gain. To prevent any complications, I made some time to be active again by picking up weight lifting. Through that, I found myself wanting to help others before it was too late for them. As I gained my masters degree, I interned at the Cardiac Rehabilitation department at Advocate Lutheran General. I saw firsthand what cardiovascular disease can do, and what the action plan is to help those people return back to their daily routine. The time to make change is now, but it doesn’t need to be done alone. The science behind exercise is a powerful tool that is often overlooked. I want to motivate and increase self-efficacy to help others achieve their goals.

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