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3 Creative Ways to Stay Active This Fall

One of the major downsides to the end of summer and the arrival of fall is that exercise sometimes gets put on the back burner as we get back to our regular routines for work, school and other activities that start up again. Colder weather and darker days also give us an excuse to stay indoors more.

While a gym membership or few workout DVDs to use at home are certainly useful for staying active throughout the colder seasons, some of these more traditional forms of exercise become a bit dull after a while if there’s not enough variety. Getting creative with what the fall season has to offer might just be the key to helping you stay active and avoid falling into a cold weather slump.

3 Creative Ways to Stay Active This FallWalk around the mall and get your holiday shopping done early.

Yikes, holiday shopping already? It’s not unheard of — and it’s actually a great idea to get it done months ahead of time if you prefer to do your shopping in person rather than online, but can’t stand the crowds. This is another great way to stay active in the fall when the weather isn’t exactly cooperating. Get to a mall or shopping center and aim to get at least 10,000 steps in while you shop!

Make a habit out of moving your body while watching your favorite fall TV shows.

Fall is the time of year when everyone’s favorite TV shows start up again for another season and new ones are aired for the first time, which can be temping enough to make us stay on the couch for hours. To avoid being too sedentary this fall, try to do some light or moderate-level exercise while you watch. If you can’t plant a treadmill in front of your television, try doing some squats, lunges, stretching or bicep curls with a couple of soup cans.

Take advantage of the changing fall colors by engaging in ”forest bathing.”

Forest bathing is a Japanese form of healing therapy that simply involves mindful, leisurely walking through a forest setting. Research has shown that forest bathing reduces stress and lowers blood pressure, among other health benefits. If you’re lucky enough to live in region where the leaves turn bright colors during this time of year, these next few weeks couldn’t be more of a perfect time to get out there and walk through a park or wooded area.
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