Staying Active this Fall

Going back to school and staying fit and healthy in the fall is easier than you think. One of my favourite things about the fall is that you can still get outside and try some new sports and activities while having fun with friends. If you’re looking to take it up a notch, or maybe even start exercising for the first time, here are some simple ways to stay active this fall.

Play a sport! If you’ve never played a sport before, now is the perfect time to start. Whether it’s soccer, football or volleyball, there are plenty of fall sports that can get your heart pumping and your muscles moving. If you want to be on the same team as your friends but aren’t sure which one to pick, try asking around to see who knows how to play. If you’re a little intimidated by the idea of playing sports, check out some local recreational leagues. This is a great way to learn the basics and get comfortable with different sports before diving in headfirst.

Get up from your desk after lunch – take a short walk around the office building or neighborhood park; run an errand on foot instead of hopping in the car; play with your children outdoors after school or before/after work. If you don’t have kids, take the dog for a walk. Go out with friends after work to play sports or board games; go dancing at the local dance studio; join an adult softball league. Get outside and play. It’s the best way to get fit, feel better and enjoy life more.

Add more activity into everyday routines – take stairs rather than elevators; try adding some squats while picking apples in your garden. The goal is to get your heart rate up and move more. The more active you are, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Fall is here and we all need to stay active. The key is finding activities you love, are good at and can do alone or with friends.