Now that summer has faded away and fall is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get active. Whether you’re looking to get rid of that extra weight you put on from summer bbq’s or wine filled vacations, or looking for fun ways to keep the whole family healthy, the fall season offers plenty of outdoor opportunities for you. Staying active doesn’t have to be tedious, especially when you get your children involved. Read below to find out tips to have a fun and fit fall!
1. Do your own yard work. While it’s easy to hire a company to rake leaves or mow the lawn, doing it yourself or with your family will get you moving. Get your kids involved making leave piles and jumping in them. An added benefit- raking leaves can burn around 200-300 calories an hour.
2. Go to a pumpkin patch or pick apples. With the fall comes pumpkin and apple season. Take your kids to a pumpkin patch, then carve the pumpkins yourself. Or, if you decide to take them apple picking, let them run around the farm and pick out the juiciest apples. You won’t even realize you’re getting exercise!
3. Go outside. There’s nothing better than a family basketball game or throwing a frisbee with your kids. You could even get neighbors and friends involved for a neighborhood football game and start a new tradition. Exercise doesn’t have to be planned out or in a special location, you can do it anytime. Plus, encouraging your child to get off the couch and outdoors will help them get rid of excess energy and keep them healthy.
4. Set goals. Studies show that it takes around 30 days to transform a habit into a routine. If you make a goal to spend at least 30 minutes of your time outside everyday, you’ll be on your way to stay fit through the upcoming holiday season. You could go on a jog, do some yard work, or just take a stroll. In addition, it may seem hard at first (especially when you’d rather have a cup of tea and read a book), but by the end, it will seem routine!
5. Try a Halloween Corn Maze. Look online or ask around to find out if there are any corn mazes in your area. It’s inevitable that children will eat more candy around Halloween so incorporating activities that encourage activity is important. Bringing your kids to a corn maze will get them moving.
6. Take Advantage of Routines. Hopefully by this point, you have a carpool for extracurricular activities figured out and your children are settled into their classes at school. That being said, use the extra time you have wisely. While the kids are out of the house, spend an hour for yourself exercising.
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