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Fitness center exercise physiologist offers fall fitness tips

John Drop, exercise physiologist at University Fitness Center on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, shares the following advice for fall fitness:

“As summer is coming to an end, it is imperative that we keep fitness and wellness habits going into the fall and winter months. If you don’t already have established fitness and wellness habits, this would be a perfect time to start,” Drop says.

“As the weather gets cooler, this is the time for those who like to go out for a walk, run or bike ride. Find someone who is willing to get in a regular routine with you to keep things consistent. Having someone to perform physical activity with can help boost your motivation and even create a friendly competition. Outdoor sporting activities such as soccer, basketball or flag football can be fun activities during the cool fall weather. There are endless amounts of activities to do inside as well.”

“The UFC offers a variety of different activities. These includes classes (such as yoga, tai chi, etc.), pickup basketball, volleyball, badminton, as well as your typical gym fare such as cardiovascular machines and weight training. Set realistic goals for yourself in relative respect to your own fitness level. Shoot for short-term goals to help you stay motivated and in the right direction toward your long-term goal.”

He concludes, “Again, consistency is key in achieving your fitness goals, so find a good time to come into the fitness center on a regular basis. With work and social life, finding a balance this time of year gets tricky, but fitness and wellness should be close to the top of your priority list to help you get through the fall months a healthier you.”

Connect with University Fitness Center

Find University Fitness Center at 20 Conference Dr., Hershey, Pa., on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.

To reach the fitness center, call 717-531-7075 or email

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