It’s that wonderful time of year again; the kids are back in school, the leaves are changing colors, and the weather is beginning to get cooler. All of this leads to more homework, busier schedules, and the urge to stay indoors when we aren’t busy. Unfortunately, this means our families aren’t nearly as active as they were in the summer. Plan some of these activities and keep your family active all fall.
Plan a Walk
With the leaves turning colors, there simply isn’t a more beautiful time of year to be out in the woods. However, there are more perks than just the leaves. During the fall, you won’t encounter the annoying bugs that seem to plague the woods during the summer. The weather won’t be quite as hot as it is in the summer months, which will always make a walk more pleasant. While it’s not plausible to walk everywhere, it’s easy to walk to destinations close to your home. Whether it’s to school, the bus stop, or even the grocery store, walking there with your kids will not only save you a little bit of gas money, but will also keep your family active throughout the fall.
Take Breaks During Homework
We all know it’s difficult for kids to focus on homework for long periods of time. To help them focus and stay active, take a break every 20-30 minutes to do some physical activity such as swinging on your Rainbow play set, playing catch or shooting hoops. Your kids’ brains and bodies will thank you for the break.
Have an ‘Outside Hour’ in the Evening
Over the summer, it’s easy to naturally spend an hour outside in the evening. However, as fall approaches, it may take a little extra effort. Simply spend an hour outside each night right after dinner, and just before the kids begin their homework. Once you are outside, there are tons of fun activities you can do as a whole family - play on your swingset, make a leaf pile, carve pumpkins, or even have your kids start their homework outdoors.
Hunt for Treasure
Everyone loves to find treasure and geocaching is a great way to do so. If you’ve never been geocaching, it is essentially a hunt for a cache someone has placed. You can find the coordinates of caches online and then put them into your GPS to find them. You may find one cache is just a short 20-minute walk, and others may take a few hours to locate. Either way, you and your kids will love spending a fall afternoon geocaching.
The bottom line is as fall approaches it becomes more difficult to keep your family active as schedules become busier, and the weather becomes colder. The two most important things you can do to keep active is to get your family outside as much as possible and plan activities ahead of time. If you do these two things, you will keep your family active all fall, and have fun doing so.