Across most of the country the temperatures dip by approximately 10 degrees from the start to the end of September, and the days get shorter by well over an hour. While many people find that the shorter days get in their way of really getting out and staying active, they also enjoy the cooler weather and the opportunity to be outdoors a bit more comfortably. TSLMS is a huge advocate of health and wellness. Thus, we have a vested interest in seeing you living an active lifestyle this fall (and all year long).
Nashville Weather: A Fall Reprieve
- Daily high temperatures decrease by 9°F, from 87°F to 78°F, rarely falling below 68°F or exceeding 94°F.
- Daily low temperatures decrease by 11°F, from 68°F to 57°F, rarely falling below 46°F or exceeding 74°F.
- For reference, on July 21, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Nashville typically range from 72°F to 90°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 31°F to 48°F.
There is some evidence that climate change may be making this warmer for longer each year. As reported by the Federal Governmental Agency NOAA, the temperatures were higher in 2018 than almost any time on record.
- For September, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 67.8°F, 2.9°F above the 20th century average. This ranked as the fourth warmest September on record, behind September 1998, 2015 and 1931.
- Above-average September temperatures were observed across the Southwest and from the Mississippi River to the East Coast. Seven states – Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia – each had a record warm September with 22 additional states having a top 10 warm month. Near- to below-average conditions were present for parts of the Northwest, Northern Plains and Southern Plains.
- The nationally-averaged minimum temperature, or overnight low, was particularly warm at 4.0°F above average, the second highest September value on record. Twenty states across the East had record warm September minimum temperatures.
If this trend continues, then any break from the summer heat, even if it is warmer than we are used to, will be very welcome. Afterall, as all of us in the South know, during the summer it can be next to impossible to spend time outside. If it gets hotter, that will assure that we will be spending much more time in the air conditioning. This is ok, as long as we take advantage of what gyms have to offer and we can explore different outdoor activities for every season.
Best Ways To Get Active Indoors
It is 2019 and we can see 2020 coming. It’s the era of technology and explosively creative versions of fitness. People flock to everything from Boot Camp to Physical Labor to Pole Dancing. We even know that there are people taking part-time jobs at Amazon to get in shape over the holidays. The point is that there are all kinds of air conditioned and indoor opportunities to get in shape. And there are a lot of health and fitness innovations.
Some of the biggest innovations in health and fitness were featured at CES Tech earlier this year. This is an annual event that self describes as “the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers.” At the 2019 event, as reported by Forbes.com, there was some pretty interesting health and fitness technology.
Some of the best and most interesting stand-outs introduced in 2019 include:
- JaxJox. A smart kettlebell and fitness gadget that made the top of the Forbes list .
- FightCamp. A boxing gadget and app that comes complete with gloves and wraps to help you become the next champ even if you are only training from your living room.
- DeStress Touch Point: “Your brain can turn on your stress switch in milliseconds – hundreds of times a day. And this fresh wearable company, says it can use technology to turn down the stress switch while you go about your day to restore calm, rational thinking, better performance. This tech comes in the form of non-invasive neuroscientific wearables called TouchPoints, which are based on a tech called BLAST. By doing so, they are said to relieve stress by over 70% in just 30 seconds.”
There are plenty of other applications and machines that can help you find an exciting and effective work out. Then there is the opportunity, especially with the weather cooling, to actually get out and enjoy nature while working out.
Best Outdoor Activities to Get In Shape
While you can certainly do any of these things during any season (more easily in some climates), the following are some of the best outdoor fitness activities according to The LifeVest.com (a leading fitness and lifestyle website):
- Fitness Parks. While some fitness parks have actual gym equipment like pull-up bars and even outdoor fitness classes, others will be more of the recreational type containing things like basketball courts, baseball field, or volleyball net.
- Outdoor Yoga. This can be anything from Goat Yoga, to waterfront or in a park. “Performing outdoor yoga is the most relaxing way to take your fitness activities outside.”
- Hiking, Swimming or Biking are all on the list.
- Gardening is actually amazing for you.
There are many other activities that are awesome, outdoor, fitness fun – literally something for everyone. So get out and exercise like your health depends on it.