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Fall fitness: How to stay motivated as days grow shorter

fitnessfall • 2 min read • Oct 12, 2023 9:45:31 AM • Written by: Kat Smith

Fall is here, and while you may love the seasonal flavors of cinnamon spice and the beautiful surroundings of leaves changing color, you might be dreading the shorter days to come in the late fall and winter. When there is less daylight, it’s harder to stay positive and motivated. However, staying active can actually counteract the effects of limited sun exposure and keep you feeling better all year long. Here are some tips to help you keep your fitness motivation, even as the days get shorter.

Gear up

If you live in a colder climate, you don’t necessarily have to go outside to get active. However, the crisp fall air can actually be a welcoming environment for hiking, trail running, and other physical activities. You just need the right gear. Make sure you dress in layers and wear sweat wicking clothing, so you can shed accessories as you heat up. Performance fabrics like wool, fleece, acrylic, and polyester will offer greater comfort than cotton or rayon. If you do prefer the gym, consider investing in some brightly colored gym attire to lift your mood and get you more motivated to head in for a workout.

Try something new

As your motivation wanes, your typical workout routine may feel a bit stale. Instead, try something new like a fitness class or a bodyweight workout at home. There are numerous fitness videos available online for free, and working out right at home can make it easier to stay active.

Enlist a buddy

Accountability is a powerful tool, so consider making your workouts a group activity with a friend or relative. When you have a workout buddy counting on you to show up to the gym, take a hike, or go for a run, you’re more likely to follow through and stay motivated.

Start your day with exercise

If possible, try taking a walk or going for a bike ride first thing in the morning. Getting some sun exposure at the beginning of the day can help you feel more energized for your day and reduce the effects of seasonal depression.

You don’t have to cope with a loss of motivation on your own. Working with a therapist can help you establish healthier, more consistent routines to get you through the shorter days of the fall and winter seasons. With Walmart Health Virtual Care, you can connect to a therapist from the comfort of home with our telehealth services.

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