Fall Fitness Tips 101

It’s chilly. You want nothing more than to stay in bed, drink hot cocoa & try out cozy macaroni & cheese recipes. I get it. But you know what will definitely put you on the naughty list as the holidays roll around? Not taking care of yourself.

Lucky for you, I’ve teamed up with collegiate fitness guru Sarah Gaines who knows the ins and outs of eating well and staying fit.

If you're not sure whether or not Sarah is an expert, just check out those abs!
If you’re not sure whether or not Sarah is an expert, just check out those abs! (Photo credit: Sarah Gaines)

Keep reading for her fantastic tips & tricks to living healthier this season!

Before I even hopped on the campaign trail, I reached out to Northeastern senior & Fit University “Dean of Admissions” Sarah Gaines. I knew that with the cooling temperatures and an extreme lack of dietary discipline at work, I was going to need an expert’s help in getting me back on track from all those missed Running Club “meets” & pumpkin spiced lattes.

Fitness should make you look good & feel good. (No filter necessary!)
Fitness should make you look good & feel good. (No filter necessary!) (Photo credit: Kawaii Fitness)

When I asked Sarah for some seasonally appropriate tips, I thought it might be tricky for her to make fitness in the fall sound enticing but boy was I wrong!  Her ideas will keep you on the go, looking good & feeling great throughout the season. Take a look for yourself:

“Get outside. Before we know it, the temperatures will have dropped and snow will be falling. Get outside and take advantage of the weather while you still can! Jog along The Charles, hop on a Hubway around the city, run Harvard Stadium with November Project, hike Blue Hills…whatever you choose to do, get your workout on outside before it’s too late.

Have some fall fun. There’s only one time of year for pumpkin patches, apple picking, and corn mazes and that time is now. Get your friends together for a Sunday full of fall fun and pick yourself some apples for fall baking. Apple pie anyone?

Add some pumpkin to your life. Apart from tasting amazing and giving you that “warm & cozy” feeling, pumpkin has some great nutritional benefits. According to WedMD, pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. Healthy and delicious? That’s a keeper in my book. Try this delicious Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats recipe – it’s simple, easy to make, and great if you need to rush out the door in the morning.    

Dress to impress (and workout). Believe it or not, workout clothes actually double as really cute street clothes. Throw on some awesome black workout pants, some sneaks, a scarf, and a cozy sweater. You’ll look great during the day but you’ll be ready to go when it’s time to workout.”

Many thanks to Sarah for her great fall fitness advice!
Many thanks to Sarah for her great fall fitness advice! (Photo credit: Sarah Gaines)

Like a cold shower, chilly air makes me feel refreshed and my routine feels refreshed too with Sarah’s great tips! For more from Sarah, be sure to check her out on Facebook, Twitter & her site, Fit University.

And for more on what I’m doing, what I’m wearing & where I’m shopping for great fitwear, be sure to follow me on Foursquare, Instagram & Pinterest!

xo, Vanessa

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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