Seven physical activity resolutions just in time for autumn

There are so many ways to be active while enjoying the fall season and all it has to offer.

Don’t let the dark evenings and chilly weather stop you! Commit to keeping up your healthy active lifestyle with these tips and ideas. Resolve to make physical activity part of your life this fall.

Seven ways to stay active this fall:

  1. I will “gear up” for the change in weather. Fall can be cold, wet, and dark. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your daily walk, bike ride, or other outdoor activity. Dress in layers so you can shed or add layers as the temperature changes. Wear mitts or gloves, a fleece or wool hat, warm footwear and breathable socks – and don’t forget about wearing reflectors or lights after dark for safety.
  2. I will make the most of seasonal attractions. Fall is one of the most popular seasons for festivals and fairs, and every year there are tons of great opportunities to spend time moving outdoors. Spending a day at the fair, exploring a corn maze, and going apple or pumpkin picking, are all great ways to take in the season and sneak in more steps than you will realize.
  3. I will opt for a lunch break workout. Unlike summer, when lunchtime is virtually the worst time to work out, the middle of a fall day is actually the perfect time to get active. Without having to worry about extreme heat, a lunchtime workout is ideal for the autumn months. Try walking for 20 minutes, a relaxing yoga session, or maybe go for a quick lunchtime bike ride. Not only will you burn calories, you’ll get a much-needed burst of energy to keep you going for the rest of your day!
  4. I will go for a hike – at least once. When the weather is nice and you’re feeling adventurous, check out a local trail and spend a day among the changing trees. Not only do you get to enjoy the beauty of fall, but you’ll also get all the benefits of physical activity and fresh, outdoor air.
  5. I will create a back-up/rainy day plan. There will likely be some days in the late fall and winter where outdoor physical activity won’t be an option for you (we all have our breaking point!). Plan ahead! Create a list of ‘go-to’ indoor activities such as squash, swimming, Zumba, hot yoga, or dance. You can also make space in your home to do a 20-minute Pilates workout or yoga session.
  6. I will consider getting active for a good cause. Fall is one of the most popular seasons for walking, running and biking charity events – and many can be done as a family. Check your local listings to see what’s happening in your area this fall. Or sign up for an event that takes place in the spring – that commitment is bound to motivate you to stay active during the colder months.
  7. I will get my family active too. There are so many great activities you can do as a family.  Here are just a few:
  • Walk through a park or forest to see the changing leaves – it’s also fun to collect leaves, acorns and other fall offerings (these are great for craft time!)
  • Schedule a neighborhood soccer or football game (or any other game) for both parents and children
  • Play in and rake leaves
  • Take a family walk around the block after dinner to look at the fall colors instead of heading to the couch to watch TV
  • Schedule active play dates for your child. Take your child to a variety of places to provide a new and exciting space for them to play (skating rink, indoor pool, indoor play centre or park)
  • Have a two-minute dance party before sitting down to dinner