Summer is slowly coming to an end as we make our way into the month of October. Get ready for crisper weather, falling leaves and pumpkins galore!
With the temperatures cooling down, the great outdoors beckons you. Now is the perfect time to start planning all of the fun things you’ll do that fall. You already know that physical activity is important to add to each day, so why wouldn't you take your workouts into the beautiful fall weather?
Benefits of outside Workouts
Even if you’d label yourself like a “gym rat” or you prefer in-home workouts, the benefits of engaging outdoor exercise may surprise you:
- Explore a change of pace and scenery from the four walls of an indoor space
- Enjoy exercise that is virtually free, or at least low-cost
- Take advantage of the landscapes nature offers for different types of workouts
- Feel the release of endorphins that elevate your mood
Tips for Taking Your Workouts towards the Outdoors
Search for Nearby Hiking Areas
Whether it’s a situation forest that’s an hour away or a small park in your city/town, you will find places all around to hike on trails and paths. Some may be wilderness preserves, nature sanctuaries or perhaps botanical gardens. Lace up your walking shoes and explore nature’s bounty.
Play a Friendly Game of Sports
Fall is a big season for sports, however, you don’t have to be on a team to join-in around the fun. Grab some friends and hit up your local recreation center, county park or even an empty field. Get moving with games of football, baseball, tennis, kickball, etc.
Explore a Harvest Maze
Harvest mazes and festivals are appearing everywhere this time of year. If you have kids, exploring a cornstalk or pumpkin maze is a great way to get active and spark their curiosity. Try seeing who can find their way out the fastest without asking for directions!
Plant Bulbs in Your Garden for Next Spring
If you’re already thinking ahead to the coming year, get down and dirty in your garden to plant bulbs for next spring. If you reside in a climate that gets freezing temperatures, you’ll have to account for weather changes. Otherwise, this is a great way to landscape your yard, interact with Mother Nature and sow the seeds of something which will become beautiful.
Bring Out the Bikes
Biking is faster than walking and it still engages lots of muscles. Whip-out the wheels for any scenic ride through your neighborhood or local park. You may also use your bike to run close-by errands rather than taking your car and investing in gas.
Just Move – It All Counts!
At the end of the day, what counts is that you’re moving. Brisk walks, rope jumping, hula-hooping and yoga are all efficient ways to be active and embrace the fall weather. Challenge yourself to step outside and eat the crisper air before it gets freezing.
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