A happy life is a healthy life. And the more you take care of your body by adopting a healthy lifestyle, the younger you will look and feel. Summer is slowly slipping away, which means one very important thing: it’s time to make active plans for fall. We’re here to help with some super fun fall activities that burn calories and keep you fit.
Grab your best friends or partner and kill three birds with one stone. You’ll hang out with a group or special someone, no doubt have fun, and do some pretty serious workouts without even wanting to. Pick one or do them all because you can’t go wrong with any of the workouts we’ve listed. You can thank us later for the ideas!
There are so many benefits for your body when you kayak. Whether you choose to kayak on a river or a lake, the foliage, memories and fitness benefits won’t disappoint. First of all, if you weigh 150 pounds, you can burn up to 340 calories per hour, reports the American Council of Exercise (via Visit NH). That’s more than you would burn if you were riding a bike!
The low impact aerobic paddling motion in the water will build your upper body strength and flexibility, and it’s an easy workout for your joints. A few other benefits worth mentioning? You’ll tone your chest and back, strengthen your lungs, regulate your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and relieve stress, all while enjoying amazing cardio. Sounds like a keeper to us!
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The next of those fun fall activities that burn calories and keep you fit is fly fishing. If you’ve never tried fly fishing before, fall is the perfect time to grab a rod and a lightweight lure. There are very good reasons why millions of people fly fish every year. Not only does it promise to be a totally serene and beautiful backdrop, but the physical and mental health benefits are enormous.
If you’re like a lot of people, when you think of fly fishing, you probably imagine an elderly person dozing off in a rowboat and wondering, “How much practice would that provide?” A full body workout is how much! When you’re fly fishing, you’ll be standing up, casting your rod, and hopefully getting a catch or two. Wading against the current of the water provides more well-being, as you will strengthen your legs, back muscles and your entire core in the process. Believe it or not, depending organic lifealmost 65% of amateurs who practice fly fishing do so for the benefits it provides on physical fitness (via SSS).
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If you’re looking to expend some energy and have an amazing time while doing it, consider horseback riding. Besides being a great calorie burner, this activity builds balance and coordination and improves your core strength.
According to Dr. Dennis Sigler, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horse specialist and professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University in College Station, “We all know that riding a horse is good exercise. Riding a horse for 45 minutes walking, trotting and cantering can burn up to 200 calories.”
Dr Sigler also points out that horseback riding can be a great option for people who can’t do other workouts like jogging or running, and adds: “Some [people] have joints that can’t handle jogging, but if they can ride a horse and burn 400 calories a day, that’s important.”
Mountain biking is considered a low-impact cardio workout that’s packed with health benefits, thanks to the changing terrain. Not only will this type of exercise work your whole body, but it will also strengthen your leg muscles as you climb. As you descend a slope, the muscles in your shoulders, chest, arms, abdomen, and back will all be activated. Basically, when mountain biking, you’ll be super toned while improving your coordination and burning calories.
Before hitting the road, be sure to read some of the best tips and tricks and take the necessary safety precautions. To name a few examples, you should stay focused for the duration of your ride, consider bringing a riding buddy, know the conditions of the trails you are exploring, and of course, wear a helmet.
Alexa is the associate editor of Eat This, Not That!’s Mind + Body, overseeing the M+B channel and bringing readers compelling stories about fitness, wellness and self-care. Learn more about Alexa