Get Moving: Ways to Stay Active This FallSeptember 05, 2017
Now that the long days of summer and vacations have come to an end, many people are back to their work or school routines and struggle to fit exercise in. Or, if after the lazy days of summer you are looking to get more active, try these tips to keep moving this fall.
Take a Hike
Fall is the perfect opportunity to head to the woods to enjoy the changing leaves. Many destinations offer options for all fitness levels, including trails to hike, walk or run with varying difficulty. The health benefits of these activities include improved heart, bone and mental health, increased circulation and oxygen intake, and lower blood pressure. Make sure to bring appropriate hiking/running gear and hydration/nutrition along.
Go Apple or Pumpkin Picking
Apple or pumpkin picking are great ways to get up and moving. Plus, after all that walking around the orchard or patch to find your perfect produce, you’ll get to enjoy a fresh, healthy treat.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
A local corn maze will have you up and moving until you find your way out. Since it may take you awhile, keep in mind these tips for proper walking form:
- Make sure to swing your arms, which can help increase walking speed
- Keep your head up and look forward
- Try to keep your back straight, not arched forward or backward
- After your walk, don’t forget to do some gentle stretching exercises
Clean-Up the Yard
As the temperatures fall, so do the leaves on the trees. One great way to get some exercise and stay active is to clean-up your yard. Keep these tips in mind to prevent common injuries.
- Work in moderation. Instead of raking leaves for 3 or more hours a day over one weekend, work in shorter intervals, over a longer time span.
- Alternate hand positions and the direction you pull with the rake to minimize strain on one side of the body.
- Rather than lifting heavy bags of leaves, pack multiple small bags.
- Use a rake that is the proper height and weight for your body. Rakes that are too short can cause strain on your back, and rakes that are too heavy can put added stress on your neck and shoulders.
- Wear gloves to help protect against blisters, and don’t forget to wear supportive shoes that fit correctly and have nonskid soles.
Remember to always talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.