Five Fall Fitness Tips—Including Pumpkin Picking

Now that Fall is here and people are caring less about their beach bods and warming up more to apple pie and fudge, your body can take a bit of a beating. We asked April Yakeoski, the owner of Aeriel Fitness in Riverhead, to share her top five fall fitness tips. Be ready to work!

1. The first one that comes to my mind is definitely to switch up your routine and try something new. If you work out at a gym, try taking a group class instead of machines, or if you use group classes, switch into a weight lifting program. Try something totally new. This really will move you forward in your routine and forces your body to adjust to the new muscles that are being worked. If you’ve never done yoga, give it a try, if you do yoga, do some kickboxing too. Whatever you can do that’s new is always a good thing.

2. Definitely buddy up. Finding a buddy this Fall is always a great way to stay motivated. Ask around at work to see if anybody wants to go to the gym with you. Having a friend to keep you from deciding that you don’t want to go to the gym is a great way to keep on an important routine.

3. Now that it’s Fall weather, it’s awesome to go hiking on the East End and its a safe thing to do because there are no worries about ticks since the weather has changed. Hiking out here is just so beautiful and it’s a completely free thing to do and it is so healthy for you, especially if you keep a brisk pace.

4. Raking leaves and cleaning up the yard is not just good for you, but it’s great for your house too. But doing yard work really is hard work physically, and that’s a great thing to do in the Fall that is really great for pretty much every part of your body.

5. Pumpkin picking or apple picking, especially pumpkin picking, is a great thing to do in the Fall. It’s so good for your core to lift and carry around those pumpkins and is a great thing to do with your family as well. Apple picking is excellent for your shoulders as well. If you get the time to do it, definitely go for it. It’s a fantastic thing to do in terms of your body.

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