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Fall into Fitness

By Laura Clark, Student Intern, Concordia College

As the leaves begin to change and temperatures continue to drop, we may be less inclined to go outside and be active. Days get shorter and before we know it, it is dark outdoors. Don’t let the season change the way you motivate yourself to get exercise. Bundle up and walk outdoors or go to an indoor facility where you can walk. Walking provides excellent health benefits. But as the seasons are changing, make sure to exercise safely. Consider the following tips about ways to engage in safe physical activity and fall into fitness.

With snowfall on the horizon, be sure to layer your clothing as the temperatures continue to get progressively cooler. Although you may feel chilly at first while exercising, you will warm up as you exercise. Be sure not to overdress for the weather conditions. A light jacket and pants usually are a safe bet when going out into the chilly outdoors. Wear a hat or headband, because the majority of our body heat is lost through our heads.

Along with the temperature changes, the shifts to shorter hours of daylight also are important when it comes to exercising safely. Be sure to always wear reflective clothing when outside during the evening and early mornings. Hunters should wear bright colors such as neon orange to ensure they can be seen. Bikers should invest in blinking lights and headlights for additional safety. 

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