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Fall Running: The Perfect Seasonal Exercise

By Genevieve Cunningham

Running can be a really effective habit for staying fit. Those who run regularly tend to have lower resting heart rates, better circulation, and lower body fat percentages. It's an exercise routine that is both challenging and fun. Of course, not everyone sees it that way. There are plenty of people who would like to run, but they just can't find the motivation. They can't stand the tedious nature of running. If you're among this group, there is hope. You can totally learn to love running, and choosing the right time of year is half the battle. If you're ready to start and love your running habit, take a look at these reasons why fall is the perfect time to do it. 

Why Autumn Running is the Best

The best part about fall is the weather. It's cooling down significantly, and suddenly spending time outdoors is not only possible, but absolutely enjoyable. This makes running so much better. You might still be exhausted, but you won't be dripping sweat like you would in the summer. Another great reason to run in the fall is because it beats the new year resolutions. When we exercise as a resolution, we are more likely to quit. But starting now, months in advance, makes your success more likely. Lastly, the timing of the fall is especially perfect. Not only do you have the holiday motivation, but this time of year is also riddled with fall festivals and fun runs to keep you moving. If you're trying to start a running routine that sticks, there really is no better time than the fall.

How to Prepare

Many people love running simply because it's super low maintenance. All you really need is a good pair of shoes. If you have supportive shoes, you can run just about anywhere. Since the fall brings changing weather, it can also be a good idea to have a light jacket and a hat at the ready. And of course, you should always have a water bottle and light snack available, just in case you need it. It only takes a small bit of preparation to make your running experience a good one. 

If you want to run, you can make it happen. The hardest part is getting your mind on board. Beginning your routine at the right time of year makes convincing yourself so much easier. The fall is the perfect time to make your running habit work. Buy some shoes, find a trail, and get moving toward a healthy routine and a healthier life now. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alexandria, Va.

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