9/21/12

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Shorter Autumn Days Don’t Have to Mean Shorter Workouts

Ahhh, autumn.  The temperatures drop, the leaves change color, and the days get shorter… and your motivation to stay active decreases. It’s easy to find excuses to skip your workout, but don’t let the reduced daylight hours keep you from achieving your fitness goals! Garden of the Gods Club Fitness Manager Lauralee Beerman offers three tips to keep you active during this fall season.

Sports Club views offer a great alternative to an outdoor workout on chilly fall days.

1. As the seasons change, the weather can be unpredictable, especially in Colorado. Lauralee advises dressing in layers if you choose to do an outdoor activity. Be sure to have a light jacket on hand, just in case the sun should set and make temperatures drop quickly. You can keep a small bag in your car with a hat, gloves, and extra clothes to be sure the weather does not stop you from your workout. Lauralee also recommends keeping a poncho on hand to prevent hypothermia in the event that a chilly drizzle crops up unexpectedly. As long as you’re prepared with lots of layers, a change in weather does not have to mean a change in your plan to work out.

2. The fall season means holidays are just around the corner, which can bring increased stress in your life. There are parties to attend, family members to visit, and large meals to plan. Lauralee suggests that you try out  mind/body classes, such as yoga, to help with the added stress. An article about the benefits of yoga states that regular practice can reduce anxiety and improve concentration. Carve out time for yourself, and you will leave the class relaxed and ready to take on your busy day.

3. Even though busy schedules and fewer hours of daylight can reduce motivation to work out, keeping up a regular fitness schedule is important. Lauralee encourages those wanting to stay fit year-round to check out an evening group fitness class, such as circuit training, which is offered at Garden of the Gods Club’s Sports Club. Getting involved in a class with others who enjoy the same activities can give you the support and accountability you need to keep you motivated and coming back throughout the whole season. Take a look at the group class schedule, and find a class that works for you. Maybe even try something new!

For more tips to stay active in autumn, check out this WebMD article. Whether you stick to your tried and true routine or shake things up and try something completely new, get out there, get active, and have fun!


Staying physically fit is important, no matter what time of year it is. If you are interested in membership at Garden of the Gods Club to take advantage of the many fitness activities available, we invite you to contact Tracey Kalata, director of membership, at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.  If you are already a GGC Member and would like to participate in our group fitness classes or set up personal training sessions, we encourage you to contact Sports Club Manager Lauralee Beerman at 719.329.4009 or lbeerman@ggclub.com.

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