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Step Into Fall Fitness

Fall is busy. Between back to school, new schedules, new activities, and transitioning to cooler weather, it can be tempting to focus on hibernating (and ordering our next pumpkin spice latte). Staying active is important, no matter the time of year, so we’ve put together a few suggestions to help you keep moving right into a new season.


Hit your 10k steps a day

Don’t underestimate the value of walking. Getting your steps in daily is an amazing way to stay active, maintain mobility, and burn calories. Plus, it can improve your blood pressure, give your mood a boost, and even help you sleep better at night. Invest in a new pair of shoes to help you get up and get going—check out Boathouse, Sport Chek, or Best Sneakers—and take advantage of outdoor parks and trails while the weather is still cooperating (and you can get your Vitamin D). Make your walk a social event and invite a friend to join you, too. Not only does it make your walk more fun but it’s an added way to stay accountable and committed. Looking to make your walk a little more intense? Try wearing ankle weights for added strength training and see how many steps you can walk in a set amount of time, then try to beat your own record.



Creaky knees? Stiff neck? Crack in your back? Make time to stretch. It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is or how active you plan to be, stretching benefits everybody and every body. It can improve your range of motion, decrease muscle soreness, and improve your posture—something we all need when we sit in front of a screen most of the day. Start and end your day with a few quick stretches like clasping your hands together behind your back and lifting your head to open your chest or lay back and lift your knees to your chest one at a time.


Small things count

All activity is good activity. Don’t downplay or dismiss the importance of movement, even if it seems small or trivial. Small actions add up. Skip the elevator and take the stairs, walk or ride your bike instead of driving, do a few squats on your coffee or lunch break, and celebrate small wins.


Try something new

Consistency is key when it comes to fitness but don’t be afraid to mix up your routines. Join a recreational sports league, take dance lessons, drop in at the pool, or book a session with a personal trainer to help you reach your goals. If you’re ready to sweat, visit OrangeTheory Fitness for an intense group training workout that will get your heart pumping and your energy up. Your first workout is free!


Get ready to fall in love with fitness and enjoy your journey.