10 Ways to Get (& stay) Active This Fall

Sep 13

Fall in central park

This time of year should get the “best of” award. Chillier sweater-weather means the kids are back in school, normalcy returns, beautiful fall colors develop and bountiful harvest foods are in every farmer’s market. Before you settle into a rhythm, make a “fit bucket list” of things you’d like to do before the snow flies, then take action. Here are some ideas:

  1. Visit an apple orchard and pick your own apples. Then, make a no-sugar-added applesauce. YUM!
  2. Play 2-hand-touch football with the family – take a sweaty pause for a christmas photo-op!
  3. Take a hike, literally. Visit a state park, enjoy the colorful leaves and listen to them crunch underfoot.
  4. Do some gardening. Plant bulbs like tulips, irises, daffodils and mums for next spring.
  5. Sign up – and run – a race. Breathe in the crisp, cool air and refresh your lungs.
  6. Rake a pile of leaves (and jump in). When you’re done with your yard, rake for your elderly neighbor. (Raking burns 300 cals/hour!)
  7. Visit a local farm (or farmer’s market) Incorporate fall farmer’s market vegetables into your dinners, like brussels sprouts, winter squash and tomatoes.
  8. Try a new sport. With the kids in school, sign up for a soccer league or outdoor bootcamp at the local park.
  9. Take a hilly bike ride and soak up some of the last warm rays of sun.
  10. Do some fall cleaning. Put on your lululemons, crank the tunes and purge your closets. Then, shop til you drop!

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