Fall is a great time to
recommit to your fitness goals by getting outside!
You can get health benefits from a variety of fall activities that feel nothing like a workout, and it's cool enough that you won't find yourself wanting to go inside to find the air conditioning during an activity.
Here are a few ways you and your family can stay active even when the leaves fall and temperatures begin drop:
- Play sports outside!
Grab some friends or family members and get a game of tag, soccer, or football going. You'll be so busy having fun that you won't even notice you're positively impacting your health and setting a great example for the kids in your life.
- Go apple picking.
If you can walk through the orchard rather than taking the hayride or other transportation, do it! You'll burn calories, and have fun while trying to not eat an apple while you’re walking.
- Take a hike.
A quick search on the website of the National Park Service or your state's Department of Natural Resources will yield a long list of places to explore your area's natural beauty. If you have little ones, bring them along and help them collect leaves of different colors, have them describe the different trees they see, and try to spot deer, geese, or other wildlife.
- Rake leaves!
Raking leaves might be a chore, but it’s all a matter of perspective. Each season has its own tasks that must be done, but a grateful attitude makes it easier. If you have kids who enjoy jumping in leaf piles, join in the fun, and get some great photos while you’re at it!
- Fall garden cleanup
Getting your garden bed cleaned up after the summer may also feel like a chore, but it's a great way to manage stress. Just like demolition work, ripping out plants and turning some soil can't help but make you feel like you’ve accomplished something. When you're done, you can even plant garlic for next year! The Old Farmer's Almanac has some helpful instructions.
- Go on an inexpensive date.
Take a hot drink to go and walk somewhere you can take in nature and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn. Reflect on the past year and make plans for the coming holiday season.
- If you love fall but don’t really have that season where you live, now is a great time to take a road trip to cooler temps and try one of these ideas when you get there!’
You'll always be glad you got outside!