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Outdoor Activities that are perfect for fall

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As the weather starts to cool down, more and more of your workouts will move indoors. Before winter hits and you’re exercising in a gym, studio or at home, take advantage of the crisp fall temperatures and get outside while you can. Here are some of the best outdoor fall workouts and some tips for making the most of them.

Hiking

Fall hikes are great ways to get outside, especially with friends or family. Experience the changing leaves and get a workout at the same time. A brisk hike is a good way to get cardio. If you live near mountains, you’ll get an extra cardio boost from the inclines as well as a strength workout for your legs and glutes.

 

Trail Runs

The treadmill is great when it’s too hot or cold to run outside, but when the weather is crisp, head outside for a jog. Running along a trail will be quieter than the neighborhood streets or sidewalk, plus you get to be surrounded by the fall foliage. Running outside can be a little more difficult and harder on your joints than a treadmill, so alternate running with walking if you get too sore or tired. You’ll get the cardio benefits of a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout.

 

Play Sports

Fall is prime sports season—football, baseball, hockey, and lacrosse all happen in the fall. Join the sports league at the office or find a recreational team to get outside, get moving ,and meet some new people. You can also play pickup games with family, friends, and neighbors. It’s more fun and social than working out solo.

 

Pick Produce

It’s not a super intense workout, but it is a great way to get moving while getting some fresh, local produce. Try grape picking in California, visit a pumpkin patch, or harvest apples at an orchard. You’ll walk around, reach for produce, and lift bags or baskets. Plus, you’ll have some delicious, healthy, seasonal food when you get home.

 

Getting outdoors is fun, but you’ll want to make sure you’re staying safe and healthy. Here are some tips for exercising outside in the fall.

 

Wear Layers

Fall weather can be unpredictable, and temperatures can rise and fall quickly. When exercising outdoors, wear layers and seasonally appropriate clothing. You may be cold when you first leave the house, but you’ll warm up quickly once you get moving, so you’ll want layers you can easily remove. One the flip side, if it’s too cold, you’ll want to have hats and gloves to protect your hands and ears from wind and cold. It’s easy to get overheated or even get hypothermia when exercising in fall, since the temperatures can fluctuate so much.

 

Use Reflective Gear or Lights

The days are shorter and it gets dark much earlier this time of year, so you don’t have as many daylight hours to exercise. Since it’s not always possible to get out during the daytime, be extra careful while exercising in the dark. Wear clothes and shoes with reflective patches, and use a light if you’re running or biking.

Summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to being an indoor kid for the next six months. While the weather may be getting cooler, there are still plenty of fun activities you can do outside in the next few months.

Fall is the ideal season for climbing. Foliage is reduced so you have better views, and there aren’t any bugs swarming around as you try to get your footing. Plus, the panoramic views of changing leaves will make your summit that much more satisfying.

 

 

Rock climbing

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Fall is the ideal season for climbing. Foliage is reduced so you have better views, and there aren’t any bugs swarming around as you try to get your footing. Plus, the panoramic views of changing leaves will make your summit that much more satisfying.

 

Pumpkin picking

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Whether you’re carving them up for Halloween, or just trying to liven up a Thanksgiving centrepiece, pumpkins are a festive addition to any household during October. Pumpkin patches are fun to wander through, and are usually corn maze adjacent, making picking a great family outing.

 

 

Go camping

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Cool, dry weather means fewer people, fewer bugs, and more fun curling up by the fire. You’ll see a whole new side of the Canadian wilderness as you hike through golden trails, and crush through fallen leaves. Just make sure you bring a sleeping bag suitable for cool weather and some nice warm socks.

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You can mountain bike anytime of year, but it’s especially great in fall. Lower temperatures mean you’ll have more stamina as you rip up the trails, and you’ll have extra beautiful go-pro footage as you bike down trails lined by red and gold hued leaves.