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Staying active as days get shorter

It can be difficult to get and stay moving as daylight wanes, temperatures drop and couches look even cozier than usual. Check out these four simple tips to stay active as we move through fall transition and settle in to winter.

  1. Find something you love. Movement is medicine for almost everything—heart health, mental health, cognitive function and much more. We know it's important, but we'll only stick with it if we enjoy what we're doing. Finding something you love will help you sustain your routine, even when you're not feeling especially motivated. 

  2. Go for variety. Try a mix of indoor and outdoor activities to keep things interesting for your mind and body. It might mean going for a walk at work, where you have access to well-lit, heated areas when it's cold. Or try a new style of yoga with an online or in-person class. Your body will thank you for mixing things up—and you'll be less likely to get bored.

  3. Be prepared. The old adage is true: There's no bad weather, just bad clothes. Don't let the cold prevent you from getting out and moving your body. Build your collection of layers so you're ready for what the day brings.

    It's also important to be prepared emotionally for the darker seasons. Talk to your health care provider about how you handle season changes. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can be treated before the tough season begins. 

  4. Ask for support. A fitness buddy is a great way to stay accountable to your goals. It could be someone you see frequently, someone you met in a group fitness class or even a faraway friend who checks in via text. Ask your provider for support, too—he or she can help you come up with a fitness action plan, help you set goals and offer encouragement along the way.

We wish you an active and happy autumn!

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