5 Fun Ways to Stay Active Outdoors This Fall

While most people long for summer days where they can go for a swim in the pool or catch some waves with their SUP at the beach, fall has always been more my style when it comes to sweating. 

As a runner, summer means getting up early to get my run in before the sun and heat.  It means dealing with humidity and bugs and chaffage…and did I mention humidity? Yeah, summer might be for some but as someone who LOVE the outdoors, it isn’t for me. 

Like I said, fall is my jam.  It’s what I affectionately call “sweater weather”.  The temperatures are mild, there are less bugs flying around, the leaves are changing and the air is cool and crisp.  It’s is perfect for running without having to get up at the crack of dawn to beat the heat.  It’s also perfect for a myriad of other active outdoor activities especially here in Upstate, New York. 
5 Ways to Stay Active This Fall! Enjoy the cool, crisp autumn air and changing leaves while working up a sweat and looking stylish in @prAna!

Disclosure: prAna provided me with some super comfy clothes to try.  As always, all opinions are my own.

If you know anything about New York State in the fall then you know we are known for apple picking, pumpkin picking and all sorts of super obvious fall activities.  Don’t get me wrong, I love those too but there are also other fun activities that will not only work up a little bit of a sweat but also help you connect with nature too. 

I recently spent Labor Day weekend up at my Dad’s camp in the North Country and participated in some of my very favorite fall activities.  While it might not be fall (officially), this weekend brought some cooler weather here so I took advantage, broke out my favorite comfy prAna wear.

Go fishing! 

5 Ways to Stay Active This Fall! Enjoy the cool, crisp autum air and chanigng leaves while working up a sweat and looking stylish in @prAna!

Maybe it doesn’t seem like a glamorous activity but there is just something about the birds chirping, breathing in the fresh air and the sounds of the water rippling that just brings some sort of calmness.  It’s an incredibly peaceful activity that no only has mental health benefits but also gets you physically active.  Whether you realize it or not, every time you cast, you work you’re giving your arms a workout – building the deltoid, bicep and forearm muscles! 

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Take a hike! 

5 Ways to Stay Active This Fall! Enjoy the cool, crisp autum air and chanigng leaves while working up a sweat and looking stylish in @prAna!

Seems like an obvious activity but when is the last time you hit your local trails? When I think of being active in autumn, hiking is such a perfect way to really enjoy the changing foliage and take in all the sights and sounds of nature as you make your way up to the summit.  It is also a great way to build endurance, muscle strength and improve mental health since it helps relieve both stress and anxiety! 

Go canoeing or kayaking!

5 Ways to Stay Active This Fall! Enjoy the cool, crisp autum air and chanigng leaves while working up a sweat and looking stylish in @prAna!

Another way to enjoy nature while staying active is by canoeing or kayaking.  Not only is it relaxing and a fun way to get out on the water while staying dry (it is sweater weather, after all), it’s also a great way to work up a bit of a sweat.  Both paddling and rowing actions provide a full body workout while being pretty low impact meaning that it’s a great way for those who can’t run to work up a sweat! 

Take the pup for a walk! 

5 Ways to Stay Active This Fall! Enjoy the cool, crisp autum air and chanigng leaves while working up a sweat and looking stylish in @prAna!

I don’t know about you but if it’s hot and sweaty out, I don’t want to be outside getting even hot and sweatier so why in the world would your pup?  Personally, my pup (who is part pug) and I prefer to get in a nature walk when the air is easier to breathe in and my sweat isn’t sweating before I even start moving.  Taking the pooch for a walk is not only a great cardiovascular activity but is great mental stimulation for both you and the dog! 

Practice yoga or meditate.

5 Ways to Stay Active This Fall! Enjoy the cool, crisp autum air and chanigng leaves while working up a sweat and looking stylish in @prAna!

I am not exactly a yogi BUT since September is National Yoga Month, I have committed myself to practice a little daily or at the very least, meditate.  As any yogi will tell you, practicing outdoors is incredibly peaceful, relaxing and can really enhance the experience.  

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Of course, attire for all of this matters and as I mentioned before, I am a huge fan of prAna! The top that I am wearing is the Daria Sweater Hoodie in Muted Truffle.  It’s super comfy (perfect for sweater weather) and made of lightweight organic cotton

The bottoms I am wearing are the Deco Crop which is an athletic compression capri made from Chakara® Performance Stretch Jersey with Lycra®.  Their mid-rise (which I love because it helps tuck in the tummy), moisture wicking and also features a hidden mesh key pocket.  I also love the novelty strap at the leg opening because it adds a little functional style. 


Right now through the next 4 weeks (until October 4th) you can save 15% off your purchase at prAna using code MHMAA15.

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Reply September 6, 2017

Those capris are super cute.

Susie @ Suzlyfe
Reply September 6, 2017

We've been so spoiled with perfect weather this summer that I'm ust hoping fall doesn't cool off too much! I don't have any sweaters to wear!

Kim G
Reply September 6, 2017

Like you, I love Fall :) It's just such a fun season.

I really like those capris! Also love that Sweet Potato got involved in the photo shoot :)

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply September 6, 2017

Love the hoodie! These are all great ways to enjoy the fall. I would love to kayak sometime, and there are so many great places to hike that I need to explore!
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Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply September 6, 2017

What a cute outfit! I got those same leggings! Love!

Reply September 6, 2017

I've got those capris and they're awesome! Yay for fall!

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply September 6, 2017

I am hoping to do some more kayaking this fall as well. Super cute outfit!
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Reply September 6, 2017

Love that hoodie! Fall is my favorite season. Looking forward to jeans and sweaters! I use to fish when I was a kid as we had a river behind our house.

Reply September 6, 2017

This outfit is super cute! I actually prefer hiking and dog walking in the fall. Like you said, low heat, less bugs. Plus if you time it right, you get to experience the leaves and terrain changing close up.

Reply September 6, 2017

I am longing for cool weather and would love to participate in some fun fall activities. That's prAna outfit looks adorable on you!
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Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply September 6, 2017

Love the outfit! Prana is the bomb dot com.

Reply September 6, 2017

I haven't been fishing in years! I need to find a spot and drag my husband along.

Lori Lavender Luz
Reply September 6, 2017

Looks like you live in paradise. So much beauty (not just nature and not just the prAna)!

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