We love getting outside when there’s a nip to the air and a crunch to the leaves! Fall fitness may require a little more planning (and layering) than the summer months, but the rewards are many. And if you’ve been meaning to start a new fitness routine, now is the perfect time to establish healthy habits ahead of the holidays! You’ll be all ready to take it up a notch come 2015.
Some of our favorite fall fitness activities:
- Canoeing or kayaking. Parks and beaches tend to be less crowded this time of year!
- Raking leaves. OK, we don’t love the actual raking part, but we love the colors of the leaves and multi-tasking exercise with a necessary chore.
- Cycling. Explore the foliage of fall.
- Trail running. Ditch the gadgets and run for the love of the outdoors, not for time.
- Walking and hiking. Grab a friend, family member or four-legged fur baby and get out there!
Since today, November 17th, is National Take a Hike Day, here are some tips for the trails.
1. Dress for success
You’re going to need the right footwear for the job: comfortable, durable, supportive; with good traction and protection from stones, burrs, pricklers, water and anything else Mother Nature throws your way. And if you’re like us, you also want footwear that looks good, on the trail and off. Ahnu “walks new ground” between performance and aesthetics, with Made in the USA styles that are practical, fashionable, ethically made, and suitable for tackling all your outdoor activities in comfort and style.
The FitFluential team roadtested Ahnu footwear! Their thoughts on Ahnu style and outdoor performance:
Jason Goldman on the Harris:
Awesome fit, warm and well insulated. Sizing is true to size. They are very stylish and go great with pants. I used my boots for going to and from the gym, and exploring the city. They are extremely comfortable, provide great traction and a perfect fall/winter boot. They are awesome for a casual look or you can dress them up as well. I highly recommend them.
Kelly Olexa on hiking in the Montara boot:
These boots are made for walking – and hiking- and that’s what me and the manfriend are doing in this gorgeous fall leaves-on-the-ground coat-needed weather in upstate NY. We have both tested out our awesome @ahnufootwear boots and love them – very light yet sturdy and keeps feet dry… I love adding in an hour walk to my weeks several times- the fresh air is fantastic and gets me out of the office!
Robin Elton also took the Montara for a walk in the woods:
I’m old school, I’ve always preferred heavy duty steel toe boots. I was amazed by how comparably light these were, but still sturdy and supportive. There was no breaking in period: I wore them out of the box to hit the trails, then to the grocery store afterwards. I love the way they look with leggings and tall socks or with a wide leg jean, sporty and cute and ready for anything.
Jennifer Williams sported the Sugar Bowl, while Dave Williams was cozy in the Coburn Low:
I wore my Sugar Bowl boots on a day when temps dipped into the 40s. First impression was that my feet stayed toasty warm while my hands and head were noticeably cold! We were outside trudging along through damp leaves, wet grass, etc. They were waterproof as promised, so score another point there. On a practical note – I love that they have the look of laces in the front – but the ease and convenience of a side zipper for easy on and off. These are going to be perfect for our Chicago winters. I’ll be making snowmen, going sledding, hiking and snow tubing in style and comfort. Thanks, Ahnu!
I really like my Coburn Low shoes. I’m very particular about shoes in general as oftentimes I need wide width shoes for maximum comfort. The Coburn Low shoes fit perfectly and are very comfortable. The shoes are ideal for hiking and outdoor usage but also look great and can be used for everyday use. I’m very impressed by the quality and style.
Ahnu footwear is available in an assortment of fun colors and will keep you dry and comfy through the winter! They also carry apparel and yoga styles. Check them out here.
2. Be prepared.
Pack snacks, water, a first aid kit and a whistle; also a flashlight if there’s any chance you could still be out after dusk. Map out your route or familiarize yourself with the trails, and have a plan in mind in case of emergency. Cell phone reception is not a guarantee in the woods or on a mountain, and you won’t know you’re unreachable until you’re out there! Keep your GPS turned off to conserve battery or turn your phone off entirely until you need it. Make sure to let someone know your anticipated general whereabouts and when you should be back.
3. Bring a buddy.
Everything is more fun with friends. It’s safer too!
4. Leave no trace.
Leave only footsteps, take only memories. Respect the flora and fauna. Keep your voices low. Do what you can to preserve the experience of untouched nature for hikers around you, and those still to come.
5. Take the time to soak it all in.
If you’re running, don’t worry about your splits; instead watch the path and stay sure-footed (tip: take care if climbing over obstacles like fallen trees or rocks, it’s easy to turn an ankle while jumping down). Being out in green spaces— at this time of year, let’s call them crimson and gold too!— is wonderful for your mental health, while walking offers the cardiovascular benefits of other aerobic activities with a minimum of impact on your body.
Get out there and make the most of your time in nature, all year long!
What are your best trail tips?
What are your favorite things to wear while spending time in the great outdoors?