We get it — fall is here and winter is on the way, so the temptation to skip your workout is probably overwhelming.
Soon, you’ll be grabbing bulky sweaters and heavy coats that can easily conceal any flaws in your physique. Besides, what’s the point of working out when the holidays loom and all of your favorite calorie-laden treats are on the horizon?
But trust us on this: Quit your workout now, and you’ll be sorry. You might feel pangs of guilt come Jan. 1. Or perhaps you’ll make it to spring before regretting your lack of resolve.
So, instead of throwing in the towel on account of the turkey — or, more likely, the accompanying stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie — renew your fitness commitments with a few simple fall activities.
The American Diabetes Association has a list of activities that can quickly torch 100 calories, and we have chosen seven suggestions for fall:
1. Rake leaves
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The yellow, red and orange leaves of fall are the stuff of autumn dreams, but raking them at the end of the season can feel more like a nightmare. Just remind yourself that spending 20 minutes performing this necessary chore will quickly burn 100 calories.
2. Clean a gutter
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Raking leaves is a joy compared to ridding your gutters of the gunk they’ve accumulated this season. But this job is absolutely necessary. In the article “Importance of Gutter Cleaning Before Winter,” the folks at Home Depot write:
A broken or clogged gutter can result in backed up, stagnant water that can attract unwanted animals and insects and cause water damage to your home. It can ruin your home inside and out by allowing water to your walls.
If you hate the thought of climbing a ladder and tackling your grimy gutters, remind yourself that after 30 minutes of this activity, you’ll have burned 100 calories.
3. Walk the dog
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Walking your beloved pup is a far more pleasant way to burn another 100 calories. Choose a beautiful fall day, grab your best bud and set out for a stroll to soak in the cool breezes and vibrant colors that define autumn.
A half-hour of walking Fido should result in a 100 calories burn for you, and a wagging tail for your canine companion.
No dog? No problem! The ADA says you can get the same result by pushing a child in a stroller.
4. Paint a small room
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Millions of Americans get “cabin fever” from spending countless hours indoors during the winter months. One great antidote to this seasonal ailment is to dress up your living space so it will sparkle like new during the long, dark winter season.
The quickest way to liven up any room is with a coat of paint. Just 30 minutes of painting a small room — or a portion of a larger one — burns 100 calories.
5. String up holiday lights
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The holidays will be here before you know it. But rather than wait for the colder days of November and December, string up your outdoor holiday lights during the relatively balmy days of October.
Just 30 minutes of work will eliminate 100 pesky calories.
6. Play a short match of tennis
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While there is still time, get outside on some of fall’s warmer days and squeeze in a few quick tennis matches before the snowflakes fly.
Just 10 minutes of tennis burns 100 calories. If you don’t play the game, grab your bike and pedal around leisurely for 20 minutes. You will get the same calorie-burning benefit.
7. Walk briskly through the mall
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As the weather turns colder, many people turn to shopping malls for their dose of daily exercise. In fact, many malls open early for people who want to walk through them purely for the physical fitness benefits.
Briskly walking through the mall for 30 minutes will burn 100 calories. It’s up to you to decide whether to stick around until stores open so you can slim down your wallet, too.
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