5 Fun Fall Activities for Weight Loss

September 30, 2019

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Pumpkin and SquashThe sweltering summer days are behind us, making way for refreshing, crisp fall air. Take advantage of the beautiful weather with a fun autumn activity that will get your heart rate up, elevating your metabolism as a part of your healthy weight loss or maintenance plan!

Plan a hiking trip to see the leaves change and enjoy some quality time with nature. You’ll pump up your heart rate too! One hour of hiking can burn between 400 and 550 calories depending on your height, weight, and difficulty of the hike. Don’t be intimidated you’ll be too busy enjoying the beautiful scenery and fresh air to realize you’re working up a sweat!

APPLE PICKING: The grocery store may be a quick drive away, but nothing compares to fresh-picked fruit. The extra effort is worth it! Not only does apple picking make for a fun day trip and arm workout you would be surprised by the effectiveness the repetitive arm lifting and apple picking motion but you will have no shortage of healthy fruit to snack on for weeks! Keep your apples outside of the fridge, in a clear bowl. You are more likely to snack on healthier foods if you see them first.

GARDENING: Take your apple picking a step further and pick up a gardening hobby. Fall is great time to start! Beets, broccoli, cabbage, radishes, and spinach will be at their peaks, and your garden will keep you motivated to experiment and regularly cook with these nutrient-dense veggies. Bonus: All that work you’ll be doing pulling weeds will burn between 200 and 400 calories per hour.

SIGN UP FOR A RACE: Fall is a great time to set a short-term fitness goal. Sign up for a race now to complete in the next few months. Whether you are up for a 1-mile race or a 3-mile race, the mild temperatures make for a great time to be training outside. You may find you become addicted to the feel-good endorphins that come with regular physical activity, which will help you reach your weight loss goals.

TAKE A BIKE RIDE: If your bike has been collecting dust in your garage, fall is great time to dust it off and get pedaling. Cycling is a fun, relaxing way to explore new areas of your hometown, along with a great workout. Grab a buddy, map a route, and enjoy your ride!

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