With Labor Day coming up soon, it’s hard not to think about the end of summer. Get revved up for cooler weather and reset your routine with these outdoor fitness ideas:
1. Go Exploring
Hiking through a nearby park or even around the block can give you a whole new perspective with changing leaves and softer light dappling the path. To totally change up your scene, trek the trails of a national park while nature is at it’s prettiest. Suddenly, that 5-mile hike will leave you wanting more.
2. Go Bike Riding
If you live in an urban area, search for “bicycle rentals” and plan a day-trip around the town. Even everyday chores like going to the grocery store or getting a haircut can be exciting — and keep you moving — when you roll up on a shiny bike. If you’re taking one last beach trip, this is a definite do. Cruise the dunes or create your own scavenger hunt with public art and hide-away shops. Either way, you’ll boost your daily burn and have fun while you’re at it.
3. Go Shopping
This time of year, there’s a festival for just about anything you can think of — and many of them have huge outdoor markets. Spend a day shopping the wares and masterpieces of local artists, or search for treasures at a flea market. All that lifting, searching, walking and reaching can really add up. Of course, you can also score big at end-of-season sales in the mall. Just remember to take the stairs and skip the food court.
4. Go Dancing
Sure, the days may be getting shorter but that just means there’s more time for a dance party. Local parks often host very talented musicians, performing in a range of styles from easy-listening to the hot-test hits. So find your groove and shake those hips — boring exercises doesn’t always equal more calories burned!
Tell us how you’re chaining up your sweat sessions now that cooler weather is here, and be sure to share your favorite end-of-summer outdoor fitness tips with us!