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We know that there are those who love their summer heat, but if you’re like me and many others out there it’s the moderate temperatures you find in Autumn that are ideal. I LOVE the fall season, and the number one reason is cooler temperatures (followed by seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice and apple cider). I live in the midwest where the average high in the month of October is 62 degrees with a low of 45. I’d call that perfect weather for outdoor activities!
Here are the top 5 activities to keep you in shape during the Fall season!
1.) Hiking – There’s no better time to go camping than in the fall. The bright and colorful foliage along with the cooler temperatures make for fantastic hiking opportunities. There are also fewer bugs & mosquitoes in these temperatures so you’ll be hassled a lot less!
2.) Kayaking/Canoeing – It’s too cold for swimming, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put all of your water sports gear away. Now that the pontoons, ski boats, and jet skis have been stored away for winter, it’s the perfect time for that relaxing paddle around the lake or exploring a local river or state park. You’ll be spoiled with beauty and quiet.
3.) Mountain Biking – There’s a reason I don’t do a lot of mountain biking in the summer. My hands get too sweaty to grip my handlebars, the humidity makes it hard to breathe, and the bugs can be unbearable. Autumn is the perfect time to hit the trails on your bike. You’ll actually have to work hard to earn that sweat rather than sweating through your clothes before you even start. There’s also the added beauty of the orange, yellow, and red hues in those familiar woods. The trails are never as beautiful as in October!
4.) Disc Golf – It’s at this point you may be wondering where I’m going with this. Hear me out! I have recently rediscovered this sport/game over the last couple of months and I am hooked! It’s a great way to spend time outdoors competing against friends or just yourself (Who doesn’t like the challenge of improving their score?). You also get quite a bit of walking in. Depending on the course you play, you’ll probably end up with a couple of miles of walking by the time you play 18 holes. There is probably a course near you that’s free to play, because most of them are.
5.) Raking Leaves – I know. This one sounds more like work than a fun activity, but it’s a great way to burn some calories while accomplishing something that needs done anyway. However, you’ll have to put that leaf blower away to benefit in the calorie-burning department. Of course, there is also the added benefit of joining in with the kids in jumping in the pile you just created. Come on! You know you want to!
That’s it. My top 5 activities for staying fit in the Fall. What other activities do you enjoy that aren’t listed here? Leave a comment and let us know!