Ahh, the chill of autumn is in the air. While we may want to cuddle up in a big plaid blanket with a pumpkin spice coffee and watch some football, there are still plenty of ways to get active. Best of all, you can get your family involved and avoid that couch potato lifestyle. Here are 15 ways to get your family moving this fall.
- Corn maze There are several throughout the Treasure Valley, and they all provide an opportunity to get a little exercise. The Boise Healthy Living Examiner recommends Linder Farms with its BSU Broncos shaped maze and plenty of activities for the kids, but there are plenty to choose from. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes when you walk through a corn maze. All those old tractor ruts can be deadly on your ankles.
- Pumpkin patch These are often paired with a corn maze, so you can get double the fitness bang for your buck. Trudging through the fields to find the perfect pumpkin isn’t just a good way to stay active. It’s also a nice way to create memories with your family. Don’t forget all the squatting and lifting you’ll be doing.
- Apple picking What’s better than a nice crisp apple on a crisp autumn day? Nothing, except maybe knowing that you picked it yourself. Gather your family and head out for a day of apple picking, perhaps at Cabalo’s Orchard and Gardens, at 2087 King Rd. in Kuna. You’ll need to call ahead for availability, 922-3301. For a list of U-Pick farms in Ada County, click on this link.
- Hike the foothills Come on, they’re just sitting there, waiting for you. Lace up those hiking boots, grab a bottle of water and some granola bars, pack your family in the car and take a hike. This is one of the best times of year to enjoy the beautiful Boise Foothills. Click on this link for more information.
- Raking leaves and prepping yards for winter In a few weeks, when leaves begin to fall, this will be a great, fun way to get some exercise. Look for kid-size rakes at your local garden center so everyone can take part. Give the lawn a good rake and one last mow, pull weeds, trim back the shrubs, lay down some fertilizer, and be sure your sprinklers get blown out. Make a day of this and then head in for a cup of hot cider.
- Baseball We normally associate this sport with summer, but there’s a reason the World Series is called the Fall Classic. Get your family and friends and head up to the diamond, or just go to one of the Treasure Valley’s many batting cages for a little BP.
- Ice skating In a hurry to get to the cooler weather? At Idaho IceWorld, it’s winter all year round. They have several public skating sessions each week, as well as lessons for ice skating and hockey, and fun themed skate nights. For more information, click on this link.
- Bike ride Get a good look at all the beautiful fall colors from the seat of your bike. This is great cycling weather, not too hot and not too cold. Whether you like to mountain bike through the Foothills, or just take to the open road, the Treasure Valley has plenty of places to put those wheels on the ground.
- Football Why let the pros and college teams have all the fun? Gather up your family and friends, head to your local park and toss that pigskin for a fun and friendly game.
- Horseback riding Another great way to see the fall colors is from the saddle of a horse. You’ll get a great workout, too. Don’t forget helmets for safety. Some of the Foothills trails are open to equestrians. If you don’t mind taking a short drive, check out Idaho Guest Ranch (Lazy R Ranch), about an hour north of Boise in Horseshoe Bend, or Dream River Ranch in Mountain Home.
- Rowing/canoeing Yep, there’s still time to enjoy some of the Treasure Valley’s numerous waterways before they begin to freeze up. Get out for one last trip before the cooler weather sets in.
- Golf There’s something about a game of golf on a brisk autumn afternoon. Even if you’re just going out to the driving range to hit a bucket of balls, you’ll get some exercise while you enjoy that crackle in the air and the lush green carpet below your feet.
- Soccer This is a great activity for the whole family and it can be helpful for developing coordination. All you need is a soccer ball, and some sort of net or cones. Of course, if your family’s hardcore, you’ll want a good pair of shin guards, too. Get out there and kick some grass.
- Basketball Shooting hoops is a great way to spend a fall day. Whether you’re prone to the intensity of the full court press or prefer a friendly game of HORSE, you’ll get your heart rate up and burn some calories.
- Geocaching Want to explore our gorgeous Idaho landscape? Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game that uses GPS-enabled devices. Use the coordinates to get to a specific location and look for the geocache container that’s been hidden there. Click on this link for information about geocaching at Swan Falls Dam. Click on this link for more Idaho geocaching trails information.
So there you go. There’s no reason to stay on the couch this fall. Get out there and get active.
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