Autumn is officially here and it is one of the best times of the year to be active outdoors.
Not only are the temperatures more comfortable this time of year – making it more enjoyable to exercise outside – but there are also many autumn-specific activities that you can take advantage of to get your body up and moving. Plus, staying active is a good habit to form before the holiday season arrives, as your home is likely to be full of delicious (but not-so-healthy) food in November and December.
For some inspiration on how to stay active this fall, check out the five tips featured below:
If the summer heat kept you from exercising outdoors in July and August, now is the perfect time to take your fitness routine outdoors. From a simple walk around the neighborhood to a hike or bike ride on a local trail, exercising outside is a great way to get some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful foliage of autumn.
Don’t wait until the spring to do a deep cleaning around the home. Get prepared for the winter months with some fall cleaning, which can include putting away summer clothes and getting clothes for the colder weather out of storage. Doing this will likely keep you active all day. Plus, you won’t have to rummage around the house to find mittens or boots for the first snowfall of the season! Although much of your fall cleaning will be done indoors, it is the perfect time of year to open the windows and get a nice breeze throughout the house.
There isn’t a shortage of yard work in the fall, and raking some leaves or cleaning up your garden is also a good way to keep your body moving. That said, make sure to warm up your muscles and use proper body mechanics when doing yard work. For some tips on how to reduce the risk of injury when raking leaves, check out Athletico’s “Year End Yard Maintenance” blog.
October is the perfect time to visit a corn maze, which is not only fun but also keeps your body active. Some corn mazes also have multiple starting points or checkpoints, so you can make this a competitive activity by getting a group of friends or family together, splitting up into teams and timing who can finish the maze the fastest!
It is also worth noting that there are many local haunted houses that pop up in October, which can be another great fall activity to keep your body moving if you don’t scare easily.
Last but certainly not least, the fall is a great time to visit local farms and orchards. Oftentimes these places offer a lot of different activities for people of all ages, from apple or pumpkin picking, to petting zoos or corn mazes (as mentioned above). Search Google or Bing to find your nearest apple orchard or pumpkin patch so you can take advantage of these places before they close for the winter. This is an awesome way to get your whole family out, moving and enjoying the season before it’s over.
Although fall is a great time to have fun outdoors, it is always important to keep safety top-of-mind when performing any activity – from a simple walk around the neighborhood to picking up a pumpkin at your local farm. If you do suffer from any aches or pains after a day of activity, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for a complimentary injury screen at your nearest Athletico location.
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