Why Running is a Great Fall Exercise

By Genevieve Cunningham

Running is a great way to exercise. It’s challenging, inexpensive, and once you get going, it feels really good. But let’s face it: Running can be a tough workout to learn to love. But if you have the desire, it’s possible. You just have to know how and when to begin. If you want to run, but haven’t been able to make it a habit yet, take a look at why the fall is a great time to give it a try.

The Weather is Nice

The fall is usually the nicest weather that we experience all year long. It’s not too hot. It’s not too cold. It’s breezy, cool, and beautiful. What else could you want? For running, it’s actually quite perfect. You can layer up if need be to make sure your body temperature stays comfortable, but most find that the natural climate makes for an easy run. In fact, the way it feels outside even makes the fall a good time for beginners to give this workout routine a try.

Races are Abundant

It seems that there are more races in the fall than any other season. Maybe it's because of the weather, or it could be because the fall is so action packed. Either way, the abundance of races makes it the perfect time to jump on board. Training for a race, even a friendly 5K, keeps you motivated and working toward a specific goal. Join in on a turkey trot, a Christmas 5K, or a race for a cause that is close to your heart. With a race to complete, you’re more likely to stick with it.

It’s a Great Time for Goal Setting

Sometimes the fall feels like a new beginning. Maybe it's the holidays. Maybe it's the changing trees and winds. Whatever the reason, many find setting goals in the fall to be incredibly effective. Why not use the fall energy to help you reach new heights? Maybe you want to run a mile in 10 minutes. Maybe you want to run 30 miles in a month. It doesn't matter what goal you choose; choose something that works for you, and the fall fresh air might help you get it done.

Running can be really good for your health -- both physical and mental. Make the fall your new running season. It may feel good, boost your health, and leave you in incredible shape. And if you start now and learn to love it, it can be an exercise that sticks with you through the other seasons and for the rest of your life.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Avondale, Ariz.

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