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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10/2/2015 7:30:21 PM

Chopping wood for winter. I love dobthat and then I have wood for ky wood burning stove


10/2/2015 6:47:07 AM

horseback riding is a wonderful idea


10/1/2015 5:37:49 PM

Looking forward to cooler weather/fall arriving in a month or two.


10/1/2015 9:30:17 AM

Raked two cans full today,


9/27/2015 12:36:16 AM

Raking leaves, what fun I always have 45 big garbage bags of leaves. I think I get all of the neighbors leaves in my yard.


9/24/2015 9:38:44 PM

BWATKINS1960's SparkPage
Great upper body workout. I can't stress enough, though, how important it is to change positions -- OFTEN. I was raking all day last year and tore my rotator cuff in my left shoulder. Six weeks of physical therapy and to this day, when I pick up a rake, my arm shakes.


9/24/2015 9:26:15 PM

I love this time of year, especially to take unplanned trips with loved one.


9/24/2015 4:48:56 PM

Autumn is my favorite of year and a few of these fat burners are great during this time of year


9/24/2015 3:12:42 PM

TESSBROWN28's SparkPage
I simply love to walk. All throughout my teenage years I walked everywhere.


9/17/2015 1:24:40 PM

ATEAMSIS06's SparkPage
I truly enjoy working out, outside. My son introduced me to a park nearby that has quick a few of adult outdoor exercises that are not only free, but also open to the public.


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!

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