After this afternoon when temperature's struggled to reach the upper 50's it is evident that we are heading into fall full swing. From here on out it will only get cooler. When I stepped out for my morning run it was still only 48 degrees. Normally, I like to run in shorts and a t-shirt for as long as I possibly can into the cooler seasons. Today was the first day that I had to run in a long sleeve shirt since last year. The shirt didn't even do me any good, I was freezing from the stiff northwesterly wind. However, I enjoy running in the cooler weather, it's refreshing. It's always fun running through the trails on a cool crisp day when the leaves are changing. Basically, the cooler weather is not something that should keep you from heading outdoors for some exercise.
During the summer it's hard to do long runs, bike rides, walks or whatever physical activity you may take part in. The hot and humid air makes it difficult for many to breathe and also quickly dehydrates people. Now that the cooler and dry weather is here, people can often start training harder and longer. Cooler and fresh air can give exercisers renewable energy and motivation.
If you have a difficult time getting our the door when the mercury is dropping, warm up inside and layer up before you step outside. Besides, you can always shed the extra layers later on. Also, just because its not hot out it doesn't mean you don't need to stay hydrated. You may be losing more body fluid than you think. It can evaporate more quickly than in a hot environment - you may not even realize how much you're actually sweating. So, make sure you stay hydrated!
If you don't exercises, this is the perfect time to start. There are a number of walks and races in the Fall that benefit good causes. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is coming up this weekend. It's a three mile non-competitive walk that is held at Recreation Park in Binghamton. This is a great opportunity to start a healthier lifestyle and raise awareness about breast cancer. It is proven that physical activity lowers your chances of getting cancer. So, please sign up for the event this weekend. You can even sign up to walk with me and my team. If you are interested in doing so, here is the link: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCFY09Eastern/758020093?px=7941240&pg=personal&fr_id=11614