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Stay Active and Well this Fall and Winter
As the days get shorter and cooler, you may not be able to participate in the same outdoor activities that you enjoyed during the summer. It can become tempting to start turning to a more sedentary lifestyle, but keep in mind that staying active can help reduce stress and keep you healthy. Here are some ideas for staying active and well this fall and winter.
Take Advantage of the Outdoors
This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of being outside. If you're wondering how to adjust your routine, try some of these activities.
- Hiking. It's no longer hot and humid, the air is crisp and cool and the leaves are turning. Head to a city or state park to take advantage
of this peaceful yet invigorating activity.
- Biking. Check out the bike paths in your area. To find paths in your area, read our
biking article from this past summer.
- Rollerblading. Try using the same bike paths in the above article or sidewalks or lesser-used roads in your area. Plus, if you don't
own rollerblades, they are usually quite inexpensive to rent.
- Frisbee Golfing. Hiking 18 holes of a Frisbee golf course can be great way to get moving without it feeling like exercise because you're
with a group of friends.
- Raking Leaves. Raking leaves can be a fun chore, especially because it can really get your heart rate up and your upper-body muscles
working. If you don't have a yard to rake, volunteer to rake an elderly or disabled neighbor's yard.
Start a New Routine Indoors
Working out indoors does not have to be limited to just jogging on a treadmill. Try taking advantage of free or low-cost fitness classes through your university's fitness and recreation programs. Learn more about class schedules, locations and additional information.
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