The temperatures are dropping and fall is almost over. But there are still a few outdoor activities you can enjoy before the trees are completely bare and the weather is too cold. If exercising and adventuring in the great outdoors is right up your alley, here are four outdoor activities you can take part in before winter officially arrives:
Hiking along the nature trails
When you think of stress relief, chances are your first thought is a massage. After all, in a single year, 23% of massage consumers had a massage for stress relief.
But did you know that just being in nature for 20 minutes can also reduce stress? Studies have found that exposure to nature can reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
Fall is one of the best times of the year to expose yourself to nature through hiking because you don’t have to worry as much about dehydrating on the trail or overheating in the sun. Consider going on a hike to reduce stress before the season is over.
Rock climbing and bouldering
Like hiking, rock climbing is also great to do in the fall. Cooler temperatures allow climbers to return to higher rock walls without worrying about the heat and sweat affecting their climb. What’s more, rock climbing in the fall gives you an incredible view once you reach the summit of your climb.
If you like the travel for your outdoor adventures, consider visiting Colorado, which has over 50 peaks higher than 14,000 feet. Some of the top places to climb in the state include the Garden of the Gods, the Rocky Mountain National Park, and Rifle Mountain Park.
Throw a backyard party
If you don’t want to go very far, you can always throw a backyard bonfire or get together with your friends and family. If you want to pair this with a little exercise, you and your family can gather twigs and branches from your backyard for the fire, or have some fun games that get you moving. For instance, set up a net for volleyball or play some two-hand touch football. This gives you a great opportunity to get active with your family and friends and gives you some high-quality bonding time.
Once the sun sets, you can set up a bonfire and stargaze. As with any party, be sure to be properly stocked up on food, refreshments, and other party materials. It can be easy to forget the smaller things like disposable cups, plates, and napkins (for napkins, be sure to stock up, as you’ll need 200 for each set of 15 guests). When the planning is all set beforehand, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a great night with your friends and family!
It’s no secret that ATV riding is popular. In fact, just three years ago, the demand for sport ATVs was as high as 180,000 units. Now is one of the best times to get the most out of your all-terrain vehicle, too.
If you love the weather in fall and don’t like to be cooped up in the car when you go around to take in the fall foliage, consider going on an ATV ride to see fall foliage instead. Some of the best ATV trail systems to ride include Ride the Wilds in NH, Hatfield-McCoy Trails in WV, and the Round River Drive Trail in MN.
Don’t just throw away your pumpkins now that Halloween is over. Instead, consider smashing your pumpkins to turn them into rich compost you can use for later. The city of Springfield, MO is doing just that.
“It’s such a waste to pitch pumpkins in the trash,” said Ashley Krug, the coordinator of Sustainability and Market Development at the Springfield Yardwaste Recycling Center. Just like how the scrap and unused material in manufacturing is 100% recyclable, so are pumpkins when it comes to soil enrichment.
“They end up in the landfill, where they take years to fully break down when they could be processed into rich compost to help support next year’s harvest or give your lawn a boost,” Krug said. “If you’re not going to turn it into a pie, add it to your own compost bin or come give it a smash!”
Fall is one of the best times of the year to enjoy being outside. The weather isn’t too hot or too cold and the leaves have turned beautiful colors. Take advantage of the season by adventuring in one of the four outdoor activities above before winter arrives and you’d rather spend time indoors where it’s warm.