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Fall Fitness Necessities for Every Athlete

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Between the changing of the leaves, the pumpkin spicing of everything, the Halloween parties and the overeating at Thanksgiving, the team at Wahoo Fitness loves fall. But, since we’re athletes, the best thing about the season to us is not having to work out in the summer heat anymore! However, just like the transition from summer to fall means an update to our everyday wardrobe, the same goes for items we need to continue our fitness regimens during the cooler months. Here’s our short list of fall fitness essentials:

Layers

If you’re going to be exercising outdoors during fall, you’ll need layers. This way you can remove a layer if you become overheated. Yoga pants, sweat-wicking shirts, fleece jackets, socks, gloves and hats/earmuffs are all crucial to this season’s fitness regimen. Plus, all of these items can be used in the winter.

Reflective Gear

With shorter days, darkness approaches more quickly. If you’re going to be working out in the dark, be sure you are wearing reflective gear for safety, whether on your shoes or your fleece. You need to be easily seen by approaching cars, cyclists and runners. Safety first, Wahooligans!

Heart Rate Monitor

The seasons aren’t the only things in transition. Our bodies have to transition from working out in the hot temperatures of summer to cooler ones of fall and winter. While this adjustment isn’t as harsh as the one from winter to summer, having a heart rate monitor, like the TICKR X, is a great way to ensure you are getting the most out of every workout.

Water Bottle

In cooler weather, we feel less thirsty, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t need to water. Don’t allow yourself to become dehydrated. Be sure you are taking in the necessary amount of water whether you feel thirsty or not. A great way to stay hydrated is to drink 15-20 ounces of water a couple of hours prior to your workout. Take in another eight ounces right before and sip consistently during your workout. A new water bottle will help with this fall fitness essential.

KICKR

We know, we know, this is a bit of self-promotion, but it’s a fall and winter necessity. Since you’ll be working out inside more throughout the fall and winter seasons due to harsh weather and shorter daylight hours, what better way to get a complete workout and keep your stamina in tip-top shape than a KICKR? With the real-ride feel and the different apps like Zwift or Trainer Road, you’ll feel like you are cycling outside, just without the cold wind in your face. Plus, not exercising outdoors in the dark means you will be safer.  

Sleep

Sleep is a crucial part of a successful workout. Studies from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that those who get less sleep are less motivated to exercise. With our busy lives and the shorter days of fall, it can be harder to get your beauty sleep. But if you forgo that crucial shut eye, you’ll see a decline in your performance.  
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy the foliage!

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