With the kids going back to school, now is the perfect time to start up a fresh new fitness routine and get back into shape before the holidays! Here are a few tips to make the most of your fall!

Fitness Tip #1: Take Advantage of the Weather

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Fall is a treat for the senses: the crisp Fall air, picking apples, carving a pumpkin, a gorgeous canopy of fall colours, and the crunch of leaves under your feet. These months are a great time to exercise outdoors and enjoy the cooler temperatures. Some suggestions are walking, hiking and cycling.

Fitness Tip #2: Think Outside the Box

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What have you always wanted to learn? Tap dance, kick boxing? Many fitness, dance and personal interest classes will be starting up again for the Fall. Go for it! It’s a great way to meet people and get a great work out.

Fitness Tip #3: Be an Active TV Watcher

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While you watch all the fabulous new seasons of your favorite TV shows, you can walk or run in place, do standing lunges, do triceps dips off the couch, or lift weights. During commercials, do push-ups or sit-ups. In a one-hour show, you probably have close to 20 minutes worth of commercials. Get up and move!

Fitness Tip #4: Integrate Exercise into Your Life

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If you’re spending the afternoon taking your kids to soccer practice, instead of reading a book or visiting with another parent, why not walk around the outside of the field while they practice? Or (if you feel comfortable) do the warm up and cool down with the players.

Fitness Tip #5: Revive Yourself

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Fall is a great time to revive your body, mind and spirit. Go for a massage (or get one from your SO) after you run. Learn to meditate. Take an art class. Treat yourself not just with exercise but other activities that promote health and wellness, so you can feel good physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

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Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.