With the leaves changing and the temperatures dropping, it’s the perfect time to get out of the house and do something active. Here are some ideas to keep your family moving and feeling healthy this fall.
1. Plan a fall camping trip
Camping is the perfect way to spend time with your family and stay active. From setting up a tent and gathering firewood to going for a walk, you can’t help but engage in physical activity and get your heart rate up.
2. Go for a hike
“Hiking can improve your heart health, blood pressure and blood sugar levels,” said Lindsay Rice, Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist at Inspira Fitness Connection. “It can also increase strength and improve stability and balance.” There are plenty of hiking trails in South Jersey where the entire family can enjoy the fall foliage while engaging in cardiovascular activity.
3. Visit a corn maze
Corn mazes are a great way to get a few miles of walking or running in with your family. Set aside a few hours to explore the maze and find your way out. Chasing your kids in and out of the maze will get your feet moving, making it a fun way to exercise together.
4. Rake the leaves
Turn a big chore into a fun activity for the whole family. “Raking leaves is a moderate physical activity,” said Rice. “It can help build your upper body and core strength and enhances your endurance and flexibility.” In addition to the physical benefits, your children will love spending time outdoors running around and jumping into piles of leaves.
5. Go pumpkin and apple picking
South Jersey is known for its pumpkin patches and apple picking farms, which offer great activities to get your family moving this fall. Whether you’re lifting heavy pumpkins, carrying bags of picked apples or running around the orchard with your kids, the whole family is sure to get some exercise.
6. Walk or bike around the neighborhood
Enjoy regular walks or bike rides around your neighborhood. Start a new routine with your family to get out of the house after dinner a few nights a week to appreciate the autumn weather and festive decorations on your block. “Cooler weather doesn’t mean your family has to sacrifice an active lifestyle,” said Rice. “No matter what season it is, there are always options to engage in heart-healthy activities.”
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