Autumn is upon us! The temperature is getting chillier and the days are getting shorter so it’s time to get out and take advantage of the mild weather before the winter cold comes knocking. Here are 8 activities to keep you moving this fall!
- Trail Runs: Running the same old routes is made a little prettier by the changing of the leaves. But nothing compared to a run on a trail through the woods during autumn. The leaves make a soft barrier on the ground and a satisfying crunch under your feet with every step. Canopies of yellow, orange and red make every step a little bit more exciting. The sounds and smells of autumn can bring your run to a new level of satisfaction and the natural terrain can make your run a more challenging and varied journey.
- Hiking: If running isn’t your thing, natural trails are still a treasure trove of joy in the autumn months. The beautiful scenery and the canopy of colorful leaves make autumn the best season to hike. The chillier temperatures also help to reduce the risk of picking up creepy-crawlies like ticks. You can suit up with a backpack of supplies like water and healthy snacks and set out on day hikes, or even hike to campsites and make the trip a multi-day experience. You have to take care to pack warm for those cold autumn nights and evenings and make sure you’ve got plenty of supplies. A night under the stars in the clean autumn air can make for great stargazing.
- Cycling: It’s too cold for swimming and when cold weather exacerbates joint pain it can make high impact exercises like running too painful to enjoy. Bicycling is a nice, low impact option to take advantage of the cool weather and scenery without putting undue stress on your body. Make sure to outfit your bike with appropriate reflectors or lights, and to wear reflective clothing as the shorter days and scenic routes might have you out past sunset.
- Rock Climbing: Early fall is a good time to squeeze in some late adventures and exploration. Rock climbing is a great exercise for upper and lower body strength, as well as core strength, making it a full body workout every time. The cooler temperatures can help you go farther and higher in your journey, but make sure you’re still staying hydrated.
- Fishing: Fishing isn’t always considered an exercise but it is a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh autumn air. If you want a bigger impact on your fishing trip, consider walking or hiking to a new fishing spot. This combines the value of a hike with the relaxation of fishing for a truly satisfying day trip. Make it an outing and invite friends for a full trip of hiking, fishing, and camping to get the most bang for your buck out of the activity.
- Join a “Fun-Run”: Holidays are a great time to sign up for 5Ks, mini-marathons, and full marathons. While the spring and summer offer their own events, these themed runs are some of the most fun opportunities during the holiday season. Halloween costumes, wacky outfits, and all sorts of fun activities belong to the autumn season of running events and it’s a great way to motivate yourself to run farther or faster.
- Organize a Neighborhood Sporting Event: The holidays are about family and friends, and some of the activities that take place should be too. A fun idea to get to know your neighbors and to help create a close-knit community is to organize a neighborhood event or block party, themed around athletics. A community soccer game or a friendly touch football game, or even capture the flag for kids or adults. Community sports are a great way to take advantage of the beautiful weather while getting to know the people around you.