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Oct 4

Enjoy The Autumn Weather With These 7 Fun Fitness Ideas – Seattle Medium

Active Aging Presented by Public Health Seattle-King County

As the weather cools down, head outside for a breath of fresh air without all the heat! Spending time outdoors is excellent for mental health. Turning your outdoor excursions into a workout to benefit physical health is also easy. Outdoor fitness is as straightforward as stepping outside to take a walk. Still, if youre looking for something more engaging, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Autumn is the perfect time to head out into the mountains and hillsides to see the leaves turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and gold. Turn this activity into an enjoyable exercise by walking or hiking as youre able. Local guides can point you toward paths that vary in difficulty so you can find one thats right for you.

Bird watching is one of the most underrated hobbies. But its a wonderful option for active adults who want to try something new. Because you dont need much training or start-up equipment for this hobby, you can jump right in when youre ready. And the first step starts right in your backyard! To turn this hobby into a more physical activity, commit to walking around the park, hills, riverside, etc. at least once a week in the early morning to find new birds. Investing in a field guide that includes the species in your area is a perfect way to keep track of each new bird you see (and hear!). Heres aguideto get you started on your journey!

One of the best ways to get outside and exercise your bodyandbrain is to volunteer! Many local events, clubs, and organizations need volunteers to assist with fall activities and tasks, so ask your favorite groups if they need help. Often, zoos and botanic gardens have additional fall cleanup needs, so extra volunteers during this time are always appreciated. You can help with more physically demanding tasks (like raking, weeding, etc.) if youre able, or you can ask for less intense options such as repainting signs, leading walking groups or school field trips, and more! If you live near hiking trails, the forest service often requests volunteers for trail maintenance in the fall; call your nearest ranger station for details.

Did you know that learning new skills is one of the best ways to keep your brain and body active? Take advantage of the lovely outdoor weather and take a class outside! This can be fitness-specific, like Tai Chi or yoga in the park, or it can be a class that includes plenty of movement alongside the curriculumthink gardening, local plant identification, the geological history of your area get creative! A local university or community college is an excellent place to look for these classes, and seniors often qualify for extensive discounts.

Dont be deceived by the name. A fun run doesnt have to involve running (although it can if youre so inclined!). Many cities organize running and walking events in the fall when the weather begins to cool down. Most include a fun run portion that offers space for those who wish to walk or run at a leisurely pace instead of timed competition. The thrill of walking with a crowd and sharing in a collective goal is an excellent mood-booster. Plus, youll get plenty of exercise if you train for the walk during the weeks beforehand. As a bonus, many of these events collect money for charities, so you can give back to the community while staying fit!

If you think of gardening as a sedentary summer activity, think again! There are manyphysical fitness benefitsfrom gardening. Youll engage most of your major muscle groups, get vitamin D from the sunshine, improve your mental health, and more! Planting a winter garden during the early autumn months is a wonderful way to embrace this activity year-round. If you havent gardened during the cooler seasons before, follow thisguideto get started!

How much of your town have youreallyexplored? What about the surrounding area? Fall is the perfect time to play tourist and take a walking tour of your community. Check with local tour guides and museums to see which routes they offer. Then, put on your walking shoes and head out. You can often learn about your citys hidden history simply by exploring on foot!

Enjoy the crisp and sunny skies as you exercise this season with these easy ideas!

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