by Christina Perinhas …

As we enter into Fall, people tend to forget that this is an excellent time to work on your fitness outside. The weather isn’t too hot or too cold, which means it is perfect to get that workout in!

Here are some of my tips for fall workouts:

Stay Hydrated: Sometimes it’s easy to forget to drink water when you’re not overheated from the hot weather. Continue to drink more than the adequate amount of water (about half your body weight in ounces), and make sure to get hydrated before your workout!

Wear Layers: It may be a bit chilly when you first start that outdoor run, but your body will heat up. Therefore, you can remove a layer when you become hot, and add a layer when you cool down.

Pack Snacks: Especially if you’re planning on a long hike (perfect weather to do it!), it’s easy to pack some light snacks in a backpack to keep fueling your body.

Try Something Different: Sure, it’s easy (and repetitive) to go outside for a run, but how about something to challenge your muscles differently? New York City, for example, has plenty of opportunities to switch gears on your workout. Maybe you can find a place that has some stairs to do a “stair day.” Also, you could do some step-ups, push-ups, V-ups and planks on a park bench for a fairly complete strength circuit. Be creative!