7 Fun Fat-Burners for Fall

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7 Fun Fat-Burners for Fall

Written by Nicole Nichols, Certified Fitness Instructor and Health Educator

When the scenery is beautiful and the temperature comfortable, almost any activity--including exercise--seems more enjoyable. Here are seven ways to get fit and burn calories* this autumn season.

*All calorie burned estimates from SparkPeople.com's fitness database are based on a 150-pound woman; people who weigh more will burn more calories.

Play Ball

You don't have to be a pro athlete to toss around the pigskin! Grab some friends (or the kids!) and head outdoors for a fun game of flag or touch football to burn more than 500 calories per hour. Then you won't have to feel guilty about spending hours watching your favorite team from your comfy couch (although you might pick up some sweet moves to try in your next game with friends).

Calories Burned: 520 per hour

Rake and Shake

Raking leaves is a great upper-body workout! When raking leaves, change the movement and direction to make full use of your muscles. Rake in front of your body to target your shoulders. Rake both right to left and left to right to work both arms evenly. This way, you'll help prevent blisters by avoiding repetitive motions too.

Calories Burned: 260 per hour

Hitch a Ride

Horseback riding is not only fun, but that it also works muscles you're not accustomed to using and burns a good amount of calories. It's a great way to enjoy nature and the beautiful season. You can check with your local Chamber of Commerce to find a stable in your area.

Calories Burned: 470 per hour

Take a Hike

The uneven terrain and inclines you encounter on the hiking trail forces your body to work harder than walking on a flat surface. That means you're recruiting more muscle fibers (to adjust to the terrain) and challenging your balance (therefore engaging your core). That translates to a bigger calorie burn than walking alone. Plus, the scenery, sounds and scents along the way are so beautiful that you'll forget you're huffing and puffing as you climb the hills!

Calories Burned: 400 per hour

Go Pumpkin Picking

Visiting a local pumpkin patch is a fun fall activity for kids and grownups of all ages. You could spend hours searching for the perfect pumpkin, and while you do, you'll be accumulating several hundred steps into your day as long as you say no to the hay ride to and from the patch! Up the ante by carrying your pumpkin as far as you can that day, but do so carefully. Keep the pumpkin as close to your body as possible and always squat down (don't bend) to pick one up or set it down for a break. Extend your day of fall activity by trying out a corn maze, or picking a few apples at a nearby orchard.

Calories Burned: 175 per hour

Race to the Finish

Fall is a great season for running, so you're sure to find a race you can run or walk almost every weekend this autumn, including Halloween races and Thanksgiving Day events, too. Check out SparkPeople's free 5K training programs and free 10K training programs to get started, or join a local running group to train for an upcoming race in your area!

Calories Burned: 460-680 per hour

Get Spooked

If fear is the culprit behind your racing pulse, no, you are not getting the same aerobic (or calorie burning) benefits as a workout. The activity of walking or--better yet--running through a haunted maze, theme park or house, however, does the trick! This is a great way to enjoy the season and fit in a little more physical activity to your day. Walk through the frightful space and you'll burn about 150 per hour, but run or sprint away from those scary ghouls and you'll increase the burn to over 250 calories per hour!

Calories Burned: 150-280 per hour

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2/16/2015 10:31:11 AM

GREBJACK's SparkPage
yep, I'm shoveling snow, which seems very season specific and it's a heck of a workout, since I have to throw the snow onto a pile taller than my shoulders.


10/16/2014 7:40:32 AM

Sounds Like great ideas for fall. I think I will be doing a lot of racking. :)


9/8/2014 12:46:55 PM

KMJ053's SparkPage
Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!


9/6/2014 6:32:19 PM

LANNIEX's SparkPage
Love hiking!


9/6/2014 3:46:07 PM

Fall in the Pacific Northwest generally means monsoon season so I will be utilizing the gym to get my workout. Though, I'll be getting outside to hike as often as possible!
I'll be out there during the winter, though!! Going to start snow shoeing this year. Woohoo!


9/6/2014 6:21:40 AM

LEANMEAN2's SparkPage
good sugggestions.


9/5/2014 8:46:53 PM

It's still 95 degrees in Texas so I think I will wait a bit on these awesome ideas!!!


9/5/2014 3:33:29 PM

I will be doing the Lanier Lights 5K walk/run race in November. My second race this year.


9/5/2014 12:01:34 PM

I love that horseback riding is in here. I've had so many Drs tell me that it's not exercise because the horse does all the work. I just laughed. If these Drs ever rode like we do they would not say that.


9/5/2014 9:53:23 AM

I will be hiking in late October. I'm hoping for peak color and maybe a bit of snow!


9/5/2014 9:52:41 AM

I know I walk a lot more once the weather is bearable again (I do not do well with heat) and corn mazes are definitely a fun way to get some steps in. Just always wear comfy shoes (I made a mistake one year of wearing boots that pinched my toes!)


9/5/2014 4:52:35 AM

WITCHYONE333's SparkPage
for CATNCAG: My sister breed and trained horses. A horse can carry 20% of it's body weight. Unless you're riding a draft horse, most horses are about a thousand pounds ( give or take) That means that both you and the tack ( saddle,etc) can only weigh about 200 lbs.
Thank you for being concerned for the horse's welfare. Trail guides aren't trying to shame us. They love and care for their charges. Until we're smaller, we need to find alternate activities.


9/5/2014 4:45:10 AM

WITCHYONE333's SparkPage
My front yard is literally a graveyard. I don't spook easily :)


6/5/2014 5:00:10 PM

CATNCAG's SparkPage
I have a crazy question. How big is too big to ride a horse? I don't want to hurt the horse. I weigh 420 ish... Plus, I wonder if I can even get up on one unless they offer a step stool or smething... Yes, as u can tell I have never rode a horse before except a pony ride as a very young child.


12/2/2013 11:16:44 PM

TCLADY's SparkPage
Living in northern Michigan we have about a foot of snow, guess what I'll be doing in the morning. You got it, shoveling the white stuff.

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