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Fall Fun and Fitness

My hubby and I were bemoaning the onset of earlier sunsets; however, we love the cooler weather with the sunshine. Most of my regular readers know we have been building our house. He has been climbing up and down a ladder with electric stuff. His FitBit is singing his praises! Sweat isn't rolling down his face like a drowned rat as during the hotter days. Either way for me, I'm doing okay, but love the slightly cooler breeze. Here in Michigan, the trees will look like they are ablaze very soon. It's a beautiful sight. Unfortunately, its followed by a bone-chilling arctic cold blast accompanied by snow. While you can enjoy the last hoorah of summer with it's milder extension of fall, there are a lot of ways you can enjoy exercise and fun outdoors.

There are a lot of ways you can get exercise and stay healthy in this changing season. If you've hit a rut in your workouts, this may be your ticket to getting over the hump!
  1. Do your yard work the old fashioned way. Pull the rake and push mower out of the shed and use them. No leaf blower! Ok, you might need the riding mower if you have a really big lawn. Get the do-it-yourself hedge clippers and chop away at the bushes. Who knows? You may find yourself sculpting the hedges into a work of art the neighbors will envy.
  2. Try a junkyard workout. Get out some old tires, chains, weighted balls, sledge hammers, and have a blast! But don't chuck a tire through your neighbor's window, please.
  3. Take walking to new levels. Try out fitness or power walking. It can take your breath away!
  4. Try mini-pumpkin/gourd flag football or frisbee toss out back. Remove the stems off the pumpkins or gourds first. You may need a few extra in case they bust open. Or you can get out the frisbee instead.
  5. Climb some (safe) trees. As the leaves fall off the trees, it will be easier to get up in the branches. Make sure the branches are sturdy before you put your full weight on them. C_R_A_C_K! is a dreadful sound- avoid it at all costs.
  6. Take a hike! Pack food, drinks, and a blanket into your backpacks and take to the trails of a local park system. Check out some others for a day trip. One really nice one is Old Man's Cave in the Hocking Hills in Ohio. Who can share some others? We would love it of you would share some in the comments for others to find.
  7. Take up running for a 5k. If the summer weather was too hot for you, now is a great time to put on your running shoes. Don't run? Grab your bike and go!
  8. Set up a circuit workout- outdoors. Make and take some exercises cards with body weight exercises for every part. Jog, run, or power walk for 2 minutes, then do 10-15 reps of an exercise, then jog, run, or power walk again for 2 minutes, do the next exercise card. You can do this at home or at a local park. Make it a duo with your sweeties or a friend for more fun!
  9. Chop wood, even without a fireplace. Splitting wood is a challenging workout that burns a ton of calories. If actually chopping wood is unappealing, get an old tractor tire and a sledge hammer. Beat on the tire with one side for 60-90 seconds, prison squats, then repeat on the other side, push ups. There are also tire flips, wishing wells, cuckoo clock works, and some other neat things you can do with the tire. You can work the triceps easily with the sledge with tricep press ups.
  10. Work like a farmer. Straw makes great mulch in the flower bed or garden to winterize. So before you put it out, put on some leather work gloves and do pick up, set downs. Protect your back by holding the abs in firmly and the pelvis tucked.
Did this get your mind racing to get outside? Good! Now go for it!

May God bless you!

Fall bike image by condesign on Pixabay.com.
Fall hiking image by kelsyannvere on Pixabay.com.

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