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Ways to Stay Active in Autumn

It’s that time of the year when everyone is buying pumpkins and everything else pumpkin flavored. Halloween, cooler weather, and fall colors make this time of year fun and exciting. But what about ways to stay active during this season?

Cooler weather and exercise

Many of us just don’t like to do much outdoors because summer is just so hot, especially if you live in the southern regions of the country.

In cooler weather, many of us can enjoy the outdoors without being too hot or too cold. With that being said, exercise is easier to do since it isn’t so hot. Hot weather just zaps the energy right out of you because your body is working overtime trying to cool itself down.

Heat poses the risk of heat-related problems like muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, dehydration, and heatstroke which can lead to medical emergencies.

While these are minimized in cooler weather you still need to keep hydrated and be careful not to overwork yourself. Injuries can still occur and if you’re injured then diabetes becomes harder to manage.

Exercise ideas for the autumn season

Cooler weather and things around the house that need to be done are great excuses to get active. There’s almost always something to be done so take advantage of cooler weather and the time of year.

Raking and bagging up leaves burns a lot of calories. Put up those Halloween decorations. And mowing the yard one last time. Also, a good time to start winterizing your house and cleaning out those gutters.

Make those chores a workout. Go a little faster pace at your activity. You can also use smaller bags when bagging up leaves, because that will force you to make more trips which will result in more walking. I highly recommend getting a smartwatch or other step counters so you can keep track of your steps.

Autumn is also the perfect time of the year to go to your local park and go walking and see the fall colors. Seeing beautiful fall colors while out on a walk can also have a therapeutic effect.

Walking in nature seeing fall colors has a calming effect on many people. I’m a nature lover myself and love to be outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty. I find my sugar numbers falling back down to normal after a high sugar reading if I go on a nice calming walk. Anything that calms and relaxes you may lower stress hormones. Stress hormones like cortisol can cause further insulin resistance.

My favorite exercises to do in autumn

My personal favorite autumn activity is going mountain biking on the trails. I find the cooler weather allows me to ride longer, harder, and I don’t fatigue as easily. This, in turn, keeps my sugar numbers really well in check. I do ride year-round but not so much in summer unless I’m in a northern climate. It’s important to find alternate activities in every season to keep active and manage diabetes.

How about y’all? What are some of your favorite autumn activities? We’d love to hear them. And remember to consult your medical professionals before changing or adding any physical activities. And remember to be safe while doing any physical activity.

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