A chilly and crisp autumn is just around the corner, which means a refreshing change to your fitness routine! Contrary to popular thought, we feel autumn is the BEST season to play outdoors. Free from the burdensome heat of summer, the cool and easy weather creates the perfect playground for fun and fitness-centered activities. With less crowds and off season rates, you’ll find the most mundane summer activities to be that much more fruitful this season.

TRAIL RUNNING

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Photo taken by Kelvin Trautman/Flickr

If you’re an avid jogger who has become bored of running the same track day in and day out, it’s time to up the ante and confront a new challenge: TRAIL running! Venture out into the great outdoors and give up the beaten path for a more rough and challenging terrain. Also known as mountain running, trail running is an incredibly intense cardio exercise that is reminiscent of parkour (without the acrobatics). I wouldn’t recommend trying this unless you are a very experienced runner and are familiar with nearby mountain trails. Regardless of the intensity of the route or run itself, the crisp weather and colorful scenery is the perfect backdrop for a long jog.

HIKING

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Photo taken by Leon Barnard/Flickr

Get closer to nature and take some time off from your busy schedule by taking a hike. Now is a better time than any to get outdoors and admire the beautiful fall colors. Bring some close friends, take a hike, and maybe even camp out for a night or two. In addition to the Instagram-worthy foliage, there will also be less bugs and pests to make a meal out of you while you’re out on your walk. If you live in a city, take a break from the hustle and bustle of concrete life over the weekend and go to your nearest park or trail.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

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Photo taken by Citizen 4474/Flickr

Take advantage of the cool weather to tackle bigger and greater fitness obstacles. There’s nothing better than hearing the crunch of leaves under your tires and the feeling of crisp wind in your hair as you maneuver your bike through the wilderness. If mountain biking isn’t your cup of tea, a normal ride through your park or even your neighborhood will prove to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I frequently bike through Brooklyn, and the general soreness in my thighs has convinced me that biking should be a daily activity.

FOOTBALL

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Photo taken by Deewayne Neeley/Flickr

No autumn in America would be complete without a hot-blooded game or two of football. It’s a perfect excuse to get all your mates together AND get fit at the same time. Football is a fun and efficient cardio workout. Not a fan of being tackled? Sweat an equal amount with touch football or flag football. If you’re looking to meet new people, there are plenty of group meet-ups available online.

About The Author

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A Hong Kong-native with a penchant for good food and drinks, Kelly Lo has always had a love-hate relationship with fitness. In the past, Kelly has backpacked across a good portion of the Nakasendō trail, gone mountain-biking in New Zealand, and white-water rafting in Australia. Now she dabbles in yoga and kickboxing in her new home, New York City. Kelly enjoys writing about her experiences, as well as promoting the Fitness Luxe mission of health and happiness.