Welcome back to this week’s edition of 2-Minute Tuesdays where we are talking about one exercise topic for two minutes and giving you three reasons why you should follow our advice.  Now this week, we want to talk about the fall weather changes.  Hey, autumn is upon us, and that means different considerations for you if you are working out outside during this time of year.

1) Be Mindful of Daylight Changes

Our first tip is that you have to be mindful of the daylight changes.  A lot of times, people like to workout before work or after work.  It is really important that you notice that the sun is rising later and setting earlier.  If you are going to be biking or rollerblading or running outside for your exercise during the fall, make sure you get either a reflective vest or a vest that flashes lights.  We want to make sure that while you are exercising, you are also staying safe by staying visible.

Action Step:  Amazon.com has a number of quality reflective vest and light-up vest options.  Check out what they have in stock and pick one up for yourself!

Related: Morning Workouts – 3 Things To Make Sure You Are Doing

2) Include the Necessary Warm-Up Time

Tip number two – fall and autumn mean cooler temperatures.  If you are going to be working out outside, make sure to bundle up, and also make sure to include the necessary time to allow your body to warm up.  When it is cooler out, it may take a few extra minutes on your run or during your bike ride for your legs, your arms and everything else to get warmed up.

Action Step: Plan on including at least 5 extra minutes at the beginning of your workout to allow your body to get warmed up.  This will help you to have a more effective and enjoyable workout during the fall season.

Related: Doing the “Right Things” When You Exercise

3) Make Sure You Are Still Doing Resistance Training

Our last tip is to make sure you are still doing resistance training on a regular basis.  The fall season can come with new outdoor responsibilities, such as raking leaves and (possibly) shoveling snow.  While these activities will force you to use your body, we want to make sure you are still doing activities to build and improve your body.

Action Step:  Schedule in at least two days per week of resistance training to help build and improve your body.  The easiest way to make sure this gets done is to put it on your calendar as an appointment with yourself and then don’t let anything take priority over that appointment.

Team MAS

Muscle Activation Schaumburg is an exercise facility located in Schaumburg, IL with a goal to help you keep your health for as long as possible. We know that it is your health that allows you to do the things you love in life. This is why we promote a lifestyle that includes exercise, rather than exercise that is a burden to your life. Muscle Activation Schaumburg provides Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®) and personal training services to its clients. We use MAT® and exercise to increase the function of your body. A well-functioning body is what allows you to stay healthy and do the things you love. We value helping the members of our community of Schaumburg as well as surrounding communities of the Northwest Suburbs improve their health.