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Depending on which side of the equator you live on, Fall weather poses different challenges. The temperature could be dropping, making outdoor runs a little more painful (or pleasant), it could be very rainy, so that cycling is a pain, or it could just be gray and overcast all the time, which is just, well, a little depressing. Wherever you are, there are ways you can make your workouts fall-friendly, here are just a few:

1. If you like paddle boarding…try rowing… Young woman on rowing machine in gym

Paddle boarding is the perfect full-body workout, but if the weather isn’t in your favour, rowing is a pretty great second bet. While it isn’t as scenic as paddle boarding, it will work your arms and your legs and even your abs, so it’s not a bad option.

2 …or the step machine… Unrecognizable woman practicing on cross trainer during sports training in health club. There are people in the background.

While it won’t work all of your body the same way, you’ll definitely feel something in your arms and legs the next day.

3 … or Nordic walking nordic walking two girls walking on beach with sticks

Nordic walking, no, we’re not making it up. It’s walking, typically at a faster pace, usually over an uneven terrain, with the assistance of walking poles. Kind of like hiking, but in a lot more clothes!

4. If you love to bike…go spinning Athletic woman cycling on exercise bike during sports training in a gym.

Swap the mountain bike for the stationary one, but maintain that momentum. Did you know? You can burn up to 700 calories in a spinning class!

5. If you like outdoor gyms…try CrossFit Group Of Men And Women Squatting With Kettlebells

Outdoor gyms because they’re full of equipment that can be used in a variety of ways to make sure you get lots of functional movement and resistance training. CrossFit is much of the same. It’ll get your heart rate up, have you doing a range of different exercises that work your whole body, and strengthen your muscles.

6. If you must be outside…get the right gear Close up of a young man exercising

You know what? It’s totally okay if you just want to maintain the status quo. Just because the weather is changing doesn’t mean your workouts have to, after all. That being said, you will need to change what you wear; make sure to invest in waterproof and water-resistant clothing, cover the places you easily lose heat (head, hands, and feet), buy dryfit, and only wear fabrics that will adjust to your body’s temperature.

How do you workout in the Fall? Do you keep your workouts the same, or do you change them up?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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