Cooler weather provides new opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Leaves are changing, and sweater weather is near! Try these exciting outdoor activities to stay active this fall.
Hiking is a relaxing way to keep your step count high during the fall. The changing leaves create a beautiful outdoor landscape. Visit a nearby park or nature trail. If you don’t live near a park or trail, try planning a day trip to the mountains or somewhere close. Invite friends, family, or a significant other. You can pack a light meal for a picnic. A homemade, healthy trail mix is a great option for light trail snacking. Some parks offer paved and wheelchair-accessible trails so that everyone can enjoy them.
It’s harvest time for pumpkins! Visit a local pumpkin patch and browse the fields for the perfect pumpkin. Many farms offer family activities like pumpkin decorating and haystack rides. Walking the fields and kneeling to look at different pumpkins keeps you moving. As a bonus, you get a delicious (or spooky) pumpkin to take home. Explore the nutritious benefits of pumpkins and find great recipes here!
Like pumpkin picking, apple picking keeps you moving. If you live in a climate where apples grow, visit an orchard. You can pick enough for snacking or cooking or to give as gifts to friends. Some orchards have fall family activities.
If you are looking for a weekend adventure, camping has much to offer! You can hike or ride bikes on a camping trip. Spending the night under the stars can be a low-cost way to escape daily stress. You can spend your days exploring your surroundings. You can spend your nights making lifelong memories with family and friends around the campfire.
Biking burns calories and is a popular way to stay active. Many national parks have biking trails to enjoy. Much like hiking and camping, biking in the fall can be visually stunning. But you can also appreciate fall weather by biking through your neighborhood.
Take a walk through your neighborhood or park and collect colorful leaves. Find a book that identifies leaves and try to see how many you can collect. You can even save the leaves in books as a memento. You can add leaf collecting to your daily walk. You can also make a day of it with special people.