We’re a week away from fall, and the days are already becoming cooler. Some people already want to stay in and not hit the gym as they normally would. However, what many don’t realize is fall isn’t a reason to stay indoors, but it is actually the perfect time to get outdoors. Here are 6 Fall Fitness Ideas to get You Moving:
Fitness Trail Workouts
Locating a fitness trail workout is an awesome way to get into your fall fitness, while getting a change from your daily jog. Fitness trail workouts allow you to get fresh air while getting a work out with families and other groups. Fitness trails generally range from one to five miles, and have 4-12 physical fitness stations or obstacle courses that allows you to follow the direction board and perform moves like lunges, squats, push-ups or use the outdoor equipment.
Canoeing and Kayaking
If you have access to an open body of water, such as a lake, ocean or river, you should definitely take a shot at canoeing or kayaking. Both canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can help to improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Get the family and friends together for a day of adventurous fun, and you will also enjoy fitness benefits like; increased muscle strength, especially in the back, arms, shoulders and chest, from constant paddling. Canoeing and kayaking also provides a great cardio workout, and offers improved torso and leg strength, as the strength to operate a canoe or kayak comes primarily from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your legs.
This is the season where we see the leaves display their most beautiful and vibrant colors. This is also the season where the leaves from the trees invade our yards, leaving a mess for us to clean up. However, this can be a good thing for you fitness wise. Raking leaves is a great workout since it again is using the back and arm muscles, while also causing you to bend over to pick up those leafy piles.
Get the family together and get things rolling. Roller skating is not only fun, but it is also a great physical workout. Roller skating or blading not only works the entire leg area, but it also gives the arms and abs a great workout as well. Many urban areas have skating parks or scenic skating paths that wind through your area. Take advantage of the crisp fall weather and get out there and enjoy!
Your backyard is your own personal playing field. Here, you can perform almost any activity you’d like. Instead of getting the family together for a barbecue, invite everyone over for a game of kick ball. You can even make it a tournament and include other activities such as football, volleyball, baseball, and relay races. This allows the family to spend a few hours together laughing and running, it will help you get fit without even thinking about it. You can really add to the competitive nature by having everyone wear a PedUSA CW Step Pedometer and see who achieves the most steps.
Riding a bike has always been a favorite for many of us. For some, it’s our preferred means of transportation. This is also a great way to sneak in that fall workout. Grab your helmet and Garmin Forerunner 910XT Multisport GPS Training Watch, saddle up, and go and explore the city.
Now that you have plenty of reasons to get outdoors, get up and get moving. Enjoy the foliage, enjoy the fun and enjoy the fitness!