Autumn walking

Walking is one of the best ways to fit in extra exercise throughout the day, and with cooler weather, you can often do it without sweating too much.

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With autumn upon us, it’s easy to think that your outdoor activities will become limited. In reality, fall is a great time to refocus and set new outdoor fitness goals. Cooler weather, lower humidity and crisp autumn days can reenergize your body to have some of the best outdoor workouts.

With kids back in school and holidays on the way, it may be a challenge to find time to exercise, especially when there’s not as much daylight. Challenge, however, is at the very heart of staying fit, particularly with the long days of winter to come. Getting started now can help you generate enough momentum to make it through the coming holiday season without gaining weight.

Walking is one of the best ways to fit in extra exercise throughout the day, and with cooler weather, you can often do it without sweating too much. All you really need is a good pair of walking shoes and, perhaps, some fall weather gear to keep you warm, dry and protected.

The key to making it enjoyable is to make it a daily activity. Find a time every day that works for you, and stick with it. Make it a habit, slowly increasing the time you spend week to week as your schedule allows.

Lincoln has a great trails system; get out and experience the different trails in the area.

Record your daily exercise, and what and how much you eat. Some researchers have found that the act of recording the foods you eat results in better choices and a healthier diet. And by writing everything down, you may start to notice patterns. For example, you may observe that the days you don't exercise are also the days you eat poorly. You can then take appropriate action.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated before, during and after exercise.

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