I’ve seen quite a few awesome Fall-inspired to-do lists circling around the blogosphere lately (like this one from the amazing Amanda). They include fun things like carving pumpkins and drinking hot apple cider and shoveling entire bags of candy corn into your pie hole (wait, that’s just on my list). And while those kinds of things are totally awesome, I thought it might be fun to do a twist on it—a fitness twist.
Fall is such an amazing time to step away from the treadmill, get outside and enjoy everything Mother Nature has to offer. For me, in particular, the garden/farm chores are slowing down, which means that I need to focus a little bit more on building conscious fitness into my fall and winter routines. Soon the days of 9-to-5 compost shoveling parties (par-tay!) will be gone, so now is the time for me to get back in the swing of working out just for the sake of working out. To help myself ease into it, I made a fun, fall-inspired seasonal fitness to-do list! On my list:
Go on a leaf-peeping hike.
President Bartlet would hate my use of the phrase leaf-peeping, but he can get over it, because checking out the fall fireworks is a tradition in my area of the country. I want to hike up some of the big, rolling hills we have in Southern Indiana and check out all the beautiful color.
Do a charity walk/run.
Fall is the second race season of the year, and it’s a great time to sign up for a charity walk/run event. I’d like to do at least one race (probably walking) this season.
Go apple picking.
Don’t think apple picking is fitness related? Well then you aren’t picking nearly enough apples, my friend! A bushel of apples weighs right around 45 pounds. After hulking that up and down the orchard a few times, you’ll have earned your PSL for the day.
Do an outdoor yoga session.
I’ve really gotten into outdoor yoga lately. I just pull out my mat, put in my headphones (with one of the free downloads from YogaDownload.com) and go to town. I imagine there’s a certain kind of bliss that comes from doing yoga practice on a crisp fall morning with leaves tumbling down all around you.
Play a pick-up game.
Football, soccer, basketball, baseball—whatever the sport—a few hours spent running around like a kid with your friends and family is an awesome way to spent a fall afternoon. Bonus points if you do it to help work off Thanksgiving dinner.
Rake leaves (and jump in the pile).
Raking leaves is a seriously amazing workout—averaging about 300 calories burned per hour of raking. And, of course, you can’t rake leaves without jumping in the pile afterward.
Go camping or backpacking.
If you’re outdoorsy, now is the time to get in one last hurrah before winter comes. For the best workout, haul in all your camping gear on your back. Hiking at a moderate pace with a full-loaded pack can burn almost 700 calories per hour (pack food!).
Get lost in a corn maze.
Corn mazes seem to be popping up everywhere around this time of year. Pay $5 and spend some time walking, skipping and scurrying your way through the maze. Make sure to get yourself good and lost before trying to find your way out!
Do a fitness assessment.
It’s hard to believe, but there are less than 100 days left in 2013 (98 to be exact). Now is a great time to give yourself a fitness assessment, work hard for the remaining three months of the year, and see how far you’ve come by January 1st. There are a lot of great fitness tests out there (The President’s Challenge Adult Fitness Test is a good one), but whichever one you choose, make sure to record your numbers and do the same one on January 1st for accurate comparison.
If you want to play along with me (and are more of a fan of pen and paper), I put all my to-do list items into a handy printable. Share it, pin it, download it, print it and use it all fall long!