It’s officially sweater weather! Break out your boots, sweaters, and scarves and embrace the brisk, chilly air. You may find yourself tempted to stay in your warm bed for that extra hour of sleep, but don’t let the drop in temperature discourage you from staying active!

In many ways, fall is the perfect time for activity. Cooler temperatures allow for more physical activity with less risk of overheating and dehydration. Outdoor activities such as touch football or a family picnic can help get you moving while enjoying the fresh air. If you are traveling during the fall months, find ways to make your trip active.

Physical activity, as we know, has many health benefits including weight and blood pressure control, reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease, and reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get at least 30 minutes of exercise, preferably every day of the week. Children and teens should also exercise regularly and should be active for about 60 minutes on a daily basis. Reach out to your loved ones and find new ways to get moving today!

Did You Know?

  • Hiking burns mega-calories as you increase your elevation and really work those legs.
  • Tai Chi is an excellent activity to do on a chilly fall night to help you stay active.
  • Yoga is another kind of moving meditation that promotes balance, flexibility and soothing mind/body connections.
  • Adults need recess too!

Tips for Overcoming Barriers

  1. Don’t have enough time? Start by doing 10 minutes of physical activity a day and gradually work your way up to 30 minutes.
  2. Can’t get motivated? Plan ahead. Make physical activity a regular part of your schedule.
  3. Have no place to be active? Look around your community for inexpensive, convenient places for physical activity, such as trails, parks, school athletic fields, and community centers.
  4. Feel you have no athletic skills? Choose activities such as walking that require no new skills. You don’t need to be an accomplished athlete to enjoy being active.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports LifeWork Strategies, and Adventist HealthCare. Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.