10 Unique Ways to Stay Active This Fall

When the weather gets cold, it can be hard to motivate yourself to leave the couch, and keep up all of your active habits from the summer months. Days are colder and nights come earlier, and it’s easy to give up on good habits formed during the bright, hot days of summer.

If you’re worried that you’re going to look more like a bear than a person at the end of the winter, you’ll need to start digging deep for motivation to exercise now, rather than later. Here are some great activities that you can do that won’t necessarily feel like a strenuous workout, and will help you stay active this fall.

1. Train for a marathon

Sometimes, it’s easier to motivate yourself to get out of the house when you have a goal in mind. Even if it’s a simple community 5K or fun run, signing yourself up for an organized run this fall will help motivate you to stick to a regular training schedule, which will help you achieve meaningful results that will only motivate you further. If you’re an experienced runner, you may want to challenge yourself further by signing up for a half or full marathon, depending on your ability. To get in the regular habit of running, all you need are good-quality running shoes, and enough cold-weather gear to ensure that you can handle the eventual drop in temperature.

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2. Get out on the water

If you live near a body of water, you should take advantage of the sunny days of early fall to get out and go for a paddle. Whether you use a canoe or kayak, or get into a more intense sport like windsurfing, exercising on the water can feel more adventurous than just going for a run, and is a great way to take advantage of your natural environment. Paddling a canoe or kayak is a great workout for both your arms and core, and helps bring additional mental health benefits like reduced stress and lower levels of both depression and anxiety.

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