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Working Out in the Fall and Winter

Do You Change Your Fitness Routine During the Fall?

Fall spells cooler weather and shorter days. As the seasons change, I notice that I change up my fitness routine quite a bit too. I stay indoors more and will opt for the rowing machine over an early morning bike ride.

What's most interesting to me is that I make the effort to wake up extra early to work out in the morning. Something about leaving work in the freezing dark dampens my fitness spirit.

What about you — do the Fall and Winter months affect your fitness routine?

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Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 7 years
I often work out MORE in the fall because of the cooler weather, though light is an issue so sometimes I'll go indoors if I feel unsafe (like I can't see ice, or there has been an assault in the area). Maybe it's a runner thing, but the fall inspires me to work out more.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I work out indoors for the most part, so the winter doesn't really change that. If I'm going to run outside, I'll just put more layers on.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
i'm the opposite. Summers are hell here (over 110 every day) so fall/winter is the only time I actually CAN work out outside. We've just come out of triple digits (yay!) so we've been riding bikes and taking walks more! it's great!
SillyGirl SillyGirl 7 years
Yes, I don't have the workout spirit when its dark out. And its dark in the morning if i wake up early enough to work out before work. And its dark when i get home in the evening. So the winter requires extra will power and motivation for me.
vanillabean vanillabean 7 years
My routine doesn't change much. I tend to workout indoors on a regular basis (live in warm/smoggy part of CA.) However, the one great thing about fall out here is the temp/smog less brutal so now I can go for a weekend hike without sun stroke or serious injury to my lungs!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I run outdoors only in the winter. It's too hot and humid to do it here in the summer.
AMP AMP 7 years
I can't get in a quick hike after work when its dark out, so I definitely have to force myself to get to the gym more when its not summer. Its much harder to convince myself to go there than a nice hike outdoors or a run at night during warm weather months.
the -30 days I take cardio inside when I normally do strength training. or take classes
I try and run outside as late in the year as possible. Our weather in the winter is weird. It can be -30 w/ a windchill of -40 one day and then the next day we get a chinook and it'll be zero-perfect for a run! so basically we take it week by week!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Not really. Running = the same, just more layers Swimming = indoors, not out Biking = more inside on the trainer :( but I try to get out as much as I can !
1apple 1apple 7 years
Yes - I usually work out indoors in the winter! It gets to -4F (-20 Celcius - hope I got that conversion right) here.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I'm with you, sara.
esmerb esmerb 7 years
I always workout indoors but when the colder temps hit, I tend to get lazier, but my schedule does not change much.
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
I'm the opposite, I can't stand the summer heat, so now I can run/bike outside a LOT more than in the summer.
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