You've already heard why fall is the best season to get in shape. The weather is perfect, there are holiday races galore and the best fitness apparel and shoes usually make their debut.
So how do you take full advantage? We have the perfect fall fitness bucket list to get you started. Check these items off one-by-one, and you'll be well on your way to your best season yet!
Go for a Fall Foliage Hike: What's more fall than a tree shedding bright yellow, red and orange leaves? If you can't get enough color-spotting this time of year, plan a hike to check out a city, state or national park that boasts impressive fall foliage. If you're in the mood for something more strenuous, you can even plan a trail run. You'll love hearing the leaves crunch underneath your feet.
Try This Healthy Pumpkin Recipe: Pumpkin treats are everywhere this time of year–you've got pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie and, of course, the ever-famous pumpkin spice latte. But if you're trying to eat healthy, you may think you can't indulge. But there are plenty of wholesome pumpkin treats for you to try. Why not whip up this Pumpkin Banana Bread that uses protein-filled Greek yogurt in place of oil and butter?
Score the Newest Shoe and Apparel Releases: Fall is a big season for fitness brands. They typically release their most anticipated updates or newest models this time of year. If you're in the market for new gym shoes, the latest technology or some heavy-duty layering pieces for outdoor workouts, now is the time to stock up. Look out for sales around Black Friday to get the best deal.
Build Your Fitness Base: The new year will be here before you know it, and if you're planning to set a big goal--think running a marathon or moving up on the weight rack–now is the time to build your base. Slowly laying the foundation to support your next goal can help boost motivation, prevent injury and lead to faster results.
Take Advantage of In-Season Produce: Apples, winter squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli–there's plenty of delicious produce that reaches its peak in the fall. Do your research and make sure to stock up on seasonal fruits and veggies when you visit the grocery store. Buying in-season produce is budget-friendly and provides more opportunities for choosing local and organic items.