5 Fun Fall Fitness Ideas

by Jacqueline Ho Content Producer

Many people look forward to the cooler weather, start of football and pumpkin patches that come with the Fall season. However, this time of year can also bring seasonal weight gain, with the abundance of Halloween candy, comfort foods and Thanksgiving feasts. If you’re privy to putting on the pounds around this time, try these five fall fitness ideas that are both fun and can help you stay on track.

Join a free fitness movement

If you’re on a budget, joining a gym or hiring a personal trainer may be out of the question. However, you might be pleasantly surprised to know that free fitness movements have been popping up all over the country. Check your city for movements such as November Project, which started in Boston as a way to stay in shape during the cold months and now has more than 15 locations.

Train for a themed race

Fall is many runners’ favorite time of year for races, and it’s no wonder, with the cool weather and beautiful scenery. But you don’t have to be an experienced runner to take part in races. Most cities host fun, non-competitive races for Halloween (costumes encouraged) and 5k “Turkey trots.” Find a race that suits your style and grab a friend to come along for the ride!

Go see fall foliage

What better way to enjoy the season than to go see the vibrant colors of fall foliage? Spend a morning at one of your favorite sightseeing spot, or plan a mini weekend getaway to one of the country’s best places to see the leaves. Take in the sights while hiking or biking. You’ll be so busy enjoying nature that it won’t feel like you’re exercising.

Start a flag football team

For some people, fall means one thing: Football! Whether you’re into watching or playing, you can get into the sport by starting a flag football team. Have some friendly competition with your neighbors, family or friends, or check out your area for adult sports leagues. It’s a fun way to meet new people and enjoy the weather and you’ll torch calories and work muscles all over your body while doing it.

Try a New Activity

If you’ve been thinking about trying out a new activity or sport, fall is a great time to start. Kids are back in school, the weather is nice, and there are a lot of seasonal deals and discounts on activities. Some you could try that are also great workouts are golf, horseback riding and rock climbing.

Jacqueline Ho
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Jacqueline Ho

Jacqueline is a former content producer for HealthCentral. She is a multimedia journalist with a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a master's in Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs.