Cooler weather is approaching and with it the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and get active. For those of you who are interested in losing weight and getting into shape, fall offers a plethora of fall fat-burning activities that are fun for the whole family. Below you will find a few fun fall ideas to get your blood flowing and calories burning.

Pumpkin Patch

As soon as the cool air starts moving in, Halloween is on the mind. A perfect fall family activity is a visit to the local pumpkin patch. There are many pumpkin farms in the area that boast a long list of activities from pumpkin picking to corn mazes and hayrides. You are sure to burn calories exploring the corn maze and searching out the perfect pumpkin. Want to step it up a notch? Challenge your family to see who can carry their pumpkin the farthest distance or complete the most squats while holding a pumpkin. You will be sweating in no time.

Apple Picking

If it is true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away then a weekend or day trip to the North Carolina mountains may be just what the doctor ordered. There are many great apple orchards to choose from that will give you a vigorous cardio workout in addition to a nutritious snack. Who needs free weights when you have a basket of apples to lift? Try a few bicep curls with your basket, but be sure to keep the weight low as to not injure yourself.


You don’t have to head to the mountains to enjoy a hike with the family. One great way to get in shape this fall is by hiking local attractions such as Umstead Park, Falls Lake, or Jordan Lake. There are many local trails in the area that offer beautiful nature scenes and a serene environment to kickstart weight loss. Grab a hiking stick and get moving!

Raking Leaves

Raking leaves doesn’t sound like fun, but it is a surefire way to
burn calories. Once you have the leaves in a perfect pile, you and
your family should jump on in for a little horsing around. There is
nothing finer than embracing the outdoors and playing in a little foliage.
You will burn even more calories when it comes time to clean up.

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