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Tips For Working Out in Colder Temperatures

Staying Fit For the Transition into Fall

It may still be hot in some parts of the country, but I'm definitely looking forward to the cooler weather. But for those of us that are used to exercising outside, Fall temps may be a bit of a shock. Here are a few tips to make sure your transition from Summer workouts to Fall workouts won't be akin to taking a cold shower.

  • If you swim, start scouting indoor pools. Then when the weather is too cold to swim outside, you'll know which swim facilities are your favorite.
  • Start investing in warmer gear like hats, long sleeved shirts, long pants, and base layers.
  • Since daylight is a sparse commodity during the Fall, keep yourself safe from motorists with reflective gear or a headlamp.
  • Find an indoor track that you can use on the days it's too cold to exercise outside.
  • Start checking out some fitness DVDs that you can do at home.
  • If the cooler temps are too much to deal with, join a gym or fitness studio.


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runningesq runningesq 6 years
Michelle: depending on how cold... windproof toe covers, tights under or over bike shorts, layer on top, cover with windproof brightly colored jacket, "skull cap" under helmet to trap head heat, full fingered lined gloves.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
I LOVE fall weather for running!
Berzerker Berzerker 6 years
I love the cold weather - I can sprint up hills as hard as I like and not overheat :)
Green Green 10 years
Ok- I haven't been working out as much as I should- at ALL! So hopefully not I can work on being in better shape this fall and winter in preparation for next summer :)
JustMe21 JustMe21 10 years
I have 3 gyms available to me at no cost. They have lots of equipment and tracks to use so I should be fine this fall :-)
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
jogging at night? hmmm...i never thought about that. i think i will give it a try.
llendril llendril 10 years
with this being the first time in my life that i've lived somewhere other than southern california, i REALLY appreciate the tips!
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