Fall Fitness: Get off the Treadmill and Burn Fat Outside!

(PCM) If you’re sick of the same old treadmill workout, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and take your workout outdoors! It may be a little chilly out, but with summer distractions long gone, autumn is the perfect season for getting in shape. It not only marks a new beginning for many, but with children back in school it can provide a great opportunity for taking care of yourself and getting back on a healthy track, and the beautiful scenery doesn’t hurt either!

From hiking and mountain biking to outdoor and indoor chores, the fall has plenty to offer in terms of fitness; even holiday prep work counts!

How many calories the average 150-pound woman would burn doing the following fall activities in 60 minutes:

Raking Leaves – 270 calories
Burning nearly 300 calories an hour, it’s one of the best workouts you’ll get outdoors this fall, and you’ll clean up the yard at the same time.

Horseback riding – 450 calories
Horseback riding uses muscles you’re not accustomed to working and burns a good amount of calories, too. Plus, it’s a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy!

Chopping Wood – 400 calories
If you’re lucky enough to have a wood-burning fireplace (and lots of wood!), take advantage of it. This intense upper-body workout will get your heart rate up and burns as many calories as you would running 4 miles.

Hiking – 400 calories
Get off the treadmill and go for a hike instead. The beautiful fall foliage is worth the chilly weather, and you’ll warm up in no time. If you don’t have access to any hiking trails, go for a brisk walk, which can burn about 300 calories an hour.

Pumpkin picking – 170 calories
It may not be much, but it’s something; besides, searching for the perfect pumpkin is a fall tradition! Make an entire day of it, and pick up some mums while you’re at it to save for another day of big calorie burn!

Cooking – 160 calories
Believe it or not, spending your day in the kitchen can add up to some serious calorie burning (just as long as you’re not doing too much sampling).

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