As the leaves change color and the weather turns a bit chillier, you may be tempted to hibernate indoors under your thickest blanket until the sun comes back out. Luckily, you have plenty of fun and exciting ways to celebrate the change of season while staying active and social with friends and family.
Take a walk around your neighborhood or head to your local craft store to collect materials to create an autumn wreath or table centerpiece. There is no wrong way to fashion a decorative piece for your front door or dining table, but a wealth of do-it-yourself tutorials are available online if you need ideas.
Start up a crochet or knitting project for yourself or a loved one. No one is ever upset about receiving a cozy blanket, scarf, or hat as a gift, and with the upcoming holiday season, what better way to keep busy and show off your crafting skills?
The shift in seasons from summer to fall is a truly beautiful time to observe the nature around you. The leaves are changing color from green to vivid oranges, yellows, and reds; it’s not too cold, and the air seems extra fresh. Take a walk in a local park, around the neighborhood, or even just to the mailbox. You can also relax on your front or back porch with a friend and a cup of coffee or tea, or go explore a fall farmers market.
Whether you’re baking something for yourself, your family, or a group or club you’re involved in, there’s something extra special about a busy kitchen in the fall. Seek out fresh ingredients to upgrade traditional pies, cakes, muffins and cookies into (somewhat) healthier treats. Autumnal-themed beverages, such as hot toddies or mulled wine, can help you feel a bit warmer during cold evenings, and kid-friendly cider and cocoa are perfect treats for grandchildren who come and visit. Remember, portions are essential — take care not to overdo it!
Take a look at the fall community events happening in your town. A nearby Oktoberfest festival could provide an excellent opportunity to taste some great food and connect with your neighbors. Oktoberfest is an age-old German festival that celebrates beer, food, music and dancing and usually occurs in late September or early October in cities worldwide. You could also go with a friend to a vineyard for some wine tasting and beautiful views, take a family member apple picking at an orchard, or look up the closest family farm pumpkin patch.
Enjoy yourself this fall, but also remember to try to stay active. It only takes 30 minutes of exercise five times a week to keep your body and mind healthy and motivated. Keep your body warm and protected from autumn weather on hikes and walks with waterproof shoes and coats. If you ride a bicycle, make sure your brakes are in tip-top condition for slippery roads, and that your bike and helmet have mounted safety lights for visibility.