The Best Fall Bucket List: 5 Healthy Fall Activities You’ll Love
Head outside for your workout and enjoy the fall weather while it lasts.
1. Ride Your Bike
What better way to take in the fall scenery than a leisurely bike ride? Biking is a great way to build lower body strength, including your quadriceps, hamstrings and buttocks. And, it may also improve your mood. According to a 2008 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, biking for just 20 minutes may help to lower anxiety and increase overall well-being.
A 130lb woman could burn 236 calories during an hour-long leisurely bike ride; a 155lb woman could burn 281 calories.
2. Play Touch FootballPhoto Credit: Shutterstock
Round up the family or a group of friends and turn your workout into a bonding experience. An hour of touch football could burn as many as 472 calories for a 130-lb woman, and 563 calories for a 155-lb woman.
3. Go Horseback RidingPhoto Credit: Shutterstock
Horseback riding is perhaps the perfect fall activity. It’s a light workout where you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors before winter hits. Riding will help strengthen your leg muscles, and an hour of this sport will burn 384 calories in a 130-lb woman, and 457 calories in a 155-lb woman.
4. Play in the Leaves
Before you jump in the leaves, you’re going to have to rake your lawn, first. Raking leaves can be a heart-pumping activity, which means you’re getting many of the same benefits you would with a traditional aerobic workout. Your shoulders will feel the burn after an hour of raking, especially since you’re working muscles you wouldn’t normally use.
A 130lb woman could burn up to 254 calories in an hour of raking.
5. Go For A RunPhoto Credit: Shutterstock
Running outdoors is a great way to shed extra pounds. Plus, the cooler fall temperatures make it a lot more comfortable to run. Discover new trails and parks and take in the colourful scenery as the leaves begin to change. Running also improves heart health by boosting HDL (good) cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.
An hour-long run will burn about 472 calories in a 130lb woman; a 155lb woman could burn 563 calories.