Here are a few creative ways to get outside and enjoy the weather and scenery while getting a great outdoor fall workout.
This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of the beautiful autumn weather and take your workout outdoors! But if you’re already bored with just jogging around the block, there are plenty of other fun ways that you can get a great outdoor fall workout.
For example, your local park provides a lot of excellent opportunities, and you can even bring the kids and dogs along for some exercise too!
Here are a few fun and creative outdoor fall workout ideas to try this fall:
1.) Run Up and Down Hills
A very easy way to get in a good workout at a park or around your neighborhood is to find an area with some steep grassy hills and run up and down them. Most parks have at least one area with hills that work great for this. Either do them on your own while the kids are playing but within eye shot, or bring them with you to help them get a good workout as well. Try to go up and down a few times, or until you can’t run anymore.
2.) Do a Fitness Scavenger Hunt
If you’re working out with a group or with your family, you can create a fitness scavenger hunt at a local park, not by searching for items, but by doing certain exercises. Challenge each person in your group to complete a list of exercises in any order they want. This might be running a sprint, doing a long plank, 15 burpees, or 10 jumping jacks. Come up with a fun prize for whoever completes the series first.
3.) Try Pull-Ups in the Playground
If there are bars in the jungle gym or playground area of the park, you can use that while your kids are a safe distance away. Find a bar that is high enough to where you can stand and try pull-ups. If the bars are too low to pull yourself straight up, just hold onto them and lift your feet off the ground. This actually gives you a better workout because your legs and core are working while your arms and shoulders are engaged in the pull-up.
4.) Do Tree Planks
Find a tree at the park and use it to do some plank exercises. Stand in front of the tree with your back to the tree trunk. Get down on your hands and knees with your feet next to the tree, as close to it as possible. Now balance on your hands while walking your feet backwards up the the tree trunk until your body is aligned in a plank position. This will strengthen your arms, shoulders, back, and core muscles all at the same time.
Of course, you can do all of these activities throughout the year – not just in the fall – but it will give you a good excuse to get outdoors and soak up some of the beautiful weather before winter arrives!