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Poll: Which Season is Your Favorite for Outdoor Exercise?

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9/6/2012 6:00 AM   :  146 comments   :  19,342 Views

Fall will be here in just a couple weeks, which means we should be experiencing cooler temperatures very soon! During the hot summer months, many people take their workouts indoors to escape the heat, including myself. With the cooler weather that accompanies the fall season though, it's a great time to get back outside for some of your workouts.
 
After moving from California to the Midwest five years ago, I have experienced the seasonal changes that Californians don't typically experience.  Before living in a place that has such drastic seasonal changes, I never really had a "favorite season" for outdoor exercise . However, now that I live in such a place, I definitely have a preference as to which seasons I like to take my workouts outside -- fall and spring. I love fall the most though, because it not only brings cooler weather, but it is fun to watch the leaves change color and I don't have as many allergy issues to deal with compared to the spring time.
 
You won't find me doing many workouts outside during the summer here due to the heat and humidity, but as soon as the temperatures start cooling down and fall starts to come in, you will find me working out outside a lot more. Some of my favorite outdoor exercises in the fall include simple things such as hiking, biking and walking, which allow me to get a good workout in and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery. However, there are many other outdoor exercises that are perfect in the fall too!
 
Below is a collection of resources to help you find some great outdoor exercises and activities to do this fall:
 
Return to the Outdoors with Your Bike
 
Work Out with Yard Work
 
14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks
 
Hike Yourself Fit
 
Nordic Walking for Fitness and Fun!
 
Add Adventure to Your Walks with Geocaching
 
Your Local Park: An Exercise Treasure Chest
 

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  • 146
    We're in Florida, there really isn't any season that you can't do SOMETHING outside. - 1/18/2014   10:27:49 PM
  • 145
    If I still lived in deep South GA it'd be spring and fall but up here in the North Georgia Mountains it's summer. It's the 2nd day of summer and I still had to wear long pants and a long sleeve cover up to walk the dog this morning. I don't like cold! - 6/22/2013   10:00:15 AM
  • FITMOMMA123
    144
    There are great activities that I enjoy outdoors during every season. Hiking and running year-round. Kayaking, swimming, and tennis during warmer weather. - 3/20/2013   8:41:08 PM
  • 143
    spring and summer - longer days and more to do, of course I'll be more active :) - 3/11/2013   11:32:53 AM
  • 142
    my favorite seasons to be outside aren't really seasons, rather they are the changing of each season! - 2/17/2013   8:38:13 AM
  • 141
    I live in Canada with four definite seasons, but I find something to enjoy outside in all of them. It's the extremes I resent - freezing rain with huge winds; unbearable heat with humidity. Other than that, walking anytime, biking most of the time, snowshoeing, skating, hiking... there's so much to do that it's easy to change it up and keep it interesting. And it is a true wonder to see the changes of the season, which I always appreciate! - 11/28/2012   6:16:50 AM
  • 140
    I'm not a fan of the cold, so winter is the only time I don't like to get outdoors for a workout. Spring and fall I love for walks and hiking. Summer I love for swimming! - 11/25/2012   12:13:40 PM
  • 139
    I love fall for hiking and nordic walking, but I love winter for cross country sking and snow shoeing. - 10/7/2012   12:16:13 AM
  • DGRIFFITHS_OCDS
    138
    spring and fall! - 9/28/2012   1:03:33 AM
  • 137
    I must admit I miss the season changes immensely. Living here in SF, I miss change. I find California is so, the 'same'. I am sure there are those who love it for its consistency but I love my spring, summer, fall and winter, with the snow in the mountains of Colorado breathtaking. I love to bike and hike in the spring and fall, river raft on the Colorado River in the summer and ski the winter.....it always a delight as one seasons gives birth and another takes a well earned rest till next year :-) - 9/16/2012   1:38:36 AM
  • 136
    Spring and Fall are my favorite, however the other seasons are great to motivate me to keep me going. - 9/14/2012   9:41:39 PM
  • 135
    Spring and fall. Spring because the days are warmer and fall because the days are cooler. - 9/14/2012   3:31:38 PM
  • 134
    Fall and Winter. Spring is a lovely season but my allergies doesn't think so. :( - 9/14/2012   12:19:50 PM
  • 133
    I change my activities to fit the season. Summer = kayaking, Fall = kayaking, hiking and biking, Winter = skiing, and Spring = hiking/biking/rafting/kayking. I go to the gym when the weather is extreme during any season or if I really don't have time to do my favorite activities. - 9/12/2012   8:39:23 AM
  • 132
    Spring and fall. Summer too hot and Winter too cold! - 9/11/2012   10:57:25 PM
  • 131
    Spring and Fall. It's too hot in summer and too cold in winter here. - 9/11/2012   6:08:35 PM
  • 130
    Spring, Fall and in Calirfornia Winter is great too! - 9/11/2012   3:44:13 PM
  • TPETRIE
    129
    Fall is my favorite season. - 9/11/2012   2:48:40 PM
  • 128
    I live in WNC so fall is my favorite with all the leaves turning and everything. I like spring too before it gets too hot! - 9/11/2012   1:24:33 PM
  • 127
    Spring and fall for me. - 9/11/2012   8:53:29 AM
  • EVAGRANT
    126
    Hi. I like all the season but I like winter a lot, because I get a long day for doing exercise. During winter season there is cool air which keep me fresh all time & I never get tired doing exercise. - 9/11/2012   2:07:02 AM
  • 125
    All the seasons are great for walking. The crisp fall air, the clean fresh winter air, the sweet smell of spring flowers, the cool summer evenings In the mountains after a scorching hot day.
    - 9/10/2012   4:35:01 PM
  • 124
    I said summer. I like to exercise after work and the longer days in the summer make that possible. - 9/10/2012   3:46:47 PM
  • 123
    I live in the Phoenix area - so winter! - 9/10/2012   12:56:27 PM
  • AMBER461
    122
    In Barbados it is summer all year round so I don't have any trouble exercising. - 9/10/2012   10:32:52 AM
  • 121
    Spring-when the earth is awakening from her long winter sleep. - 9/10/2012   9:49:03 AM
  • 1CHRISTIANCHIC
    120
    I love the Fall because it is beautiful and crisp, it is just a wonderful time to be outdoors. I love the spring because of the renewing of the earth, and it is also a beautiful time to be outside, however the allergies that come with spring are very hard on me. That is why I voted Fall. Just for the record I love something about all of the seasons, but I have to say in the south, summer is my least favorite. When I lived in the pacific northwest, summer was my very favorite. - 9/10/2012   3:13:09 AM
  • 2NDSTAGE
    119
    I live in Arizona on the river and I can exercise out doors most of the year. Summer is really a challenge - when it isn't too hot, I can do my workouts at daybreak - before 6 or 6:30am. Even then it is hot and sometimes very humid. My favorite seasons are fall through spring. - 9/9/2012   11:35:53 PM
  • 118
    I like to exercise outside both in the spring and fall, due to the cooler temperatures and the growth and change in the scenery. - 9/9/2012   11:06:22 PM
  • 117
    Here, the temperature is almost the same. No problem to make exercises all year around. - 9/9/2012   9:15:44 PM
  • 116
    Fall will always be my favorite; but Spring runs a close second. - 9/9/2012   5:24:33 PM
  • 115
    I live in So Cal. So we don't see a big change in the seasons. I like summer because the days are long and I am off of work. I have more time to be active outdoors and go to the beach, pools, parks, hiking, etc. Fall and winter the days are shorter. I am going to try to be more active this year in the fall and winter. Spring is nice because it is cool and pleasant. - 9/9/2012   11:26:39 AM
  • 114
    i clicked fall, but, i am finding that in the park where i walk, dew hangs around longer in the morning, falling onto the track and making it slick, and leaves falling also on the track, but, i also do not have to get to the track at 6am to beat the heat....so, with cooler temps, i can wait til 8 or 9am to walk and give the track time to dry a little....also, i feel more like exercising when its not so stiffling hot. i have always been re-energized by autumn and look forward to longer walks. - 9/9/2012   8:42:59 AM
  • 113
    Spring and fall are not only my favorites because of the cooler temps - they also offer the most beautiful changes in scenery and wonderful smells! - 9/9/2012   8:33:23 AM
  • 112
    I like to exercise outdoors in the spring and fall - not too hot and not too cold! A nice walk on a crips fall morning is a great way to start the day. - 9/9/2012   7:04:38 AM
  • 111
    summer because i can get out earlier and then fall and spring because of the temps - 9/9/2012   6:32:24 AM
  • NANAWOO1
    110
    fall and spring
    - 9/8/2012   11:39:13 PM
  • 109
    Fall and spring - they're both great! - 9/8/2012   8:36:52 PM
  • ORTEGAD61
    108
    Iv'e alway's loved the summer to get out and go biking, play basketball or just about anything. I really enjoy the warmer weather. - 9/8/2012   8:06:17 PM
  • 107
    I prefer spring - 9/8/2012   7:05:44 PM
  • ALDEBARANIAN
    106
    Spring and Fall. It's nice and cool. The air smells so good. The mosquitoes, blackflies, mingies, noseeums, horseflies, sweat bees, etc. aren't out. - 9/8/2012   6:45:30 PM
  • 105
    All of them! I love to be outdoors! However any day I work in the winter I miss the daylight hours and am greatful for the gym. - 9/8/2012   4:33:42 PM
  • 104
    Fall is great because of the welcomed temperature change. Long walks in the parks and trails with nature's beautiful changes of season.
    Spring because long winter has passed and nature is growing again with the change of seasons. - 9/8/2012   3:50:15 PM
  • CLREYES55
    103
    Summer and Fall...I prefer to be outdoors if possible when I exercise...I also love getting all of that natural vitamin D and sunshine. - 9/8/2012   3:36:34 PM
  • 102
    I love the variety that the seasons bring. I love the spring with its promises of new life, and the flowers. Around here, spring is very temperamental with winter weather coming in unannounced clear through April. I love summer because the garden is on and I get to garden. I have discovered that taking advantage of cooler weather in the early mornings or evenings helps beat the heat. I love fall with its beautiful Indian summer days, deep changing colors, cooler weather, harvest, and holidays. Since I have joined Sparkpeople and started exercising all year round outdoors, I have even come to love winter. I love the great workout shoveling snow brings. I love how getting out in the winter sun helps me improve my mood and stave off the winter blues. I love the crispness of the cool air. - 9/8/2012   2:07:38 PM
  • 101
    Had to pick winter, since I love, love, love skate skiing...but I really like them all. - 9/8/2012   1:15:05 PM
  • 100
    Has to be the Fall. . I live in Salem, Or. The fall has cool morning , leaves changing and less allergic problems. Our Springs are more rain, lots of allergies with flowers new grass and , trees . In the Summer and Winter I am to a gym rat, but come Fall I am out jogging, walking,and hiking almost everyday. Plus I get to see nature first hand, like the three deer this morning coming off the golf course. A doe and her two fawns, so graceful . - 9/8/2012   10:51:21 AM
  • 99
    I like Spring and Fall as the weather is usually cooler and I don't have to worry about the dog overheating so much and we can go on a lot longer walks, except that I don't have time for longer walks and it gets darker earlier,---when it is hot and humid, he gets in distress too soon and the walks are too short. He is my walking partner and I can't go on a walk without him---he doesn't allow that at all :-)
    - 9/8/2012   8:41:27 AM
  • AMYAL2012
    98
    I live in AZ and it's dreadfully hot in the summer to go out and do any outdoor exercising. The fall and winter is the best time to do any sort of exercising, because it's much cooler and comfortable. Early spring isn't too bad, unless summer decides to come early. When I lived in Jersey, fall and spring were the best times to do any sort of walking or outdoor activities. - 9/8/2012   1:54:57 AM
  • 97
    I agree with you 100%!!!! Thanks for the additional links! Good info. - 9/8/2012   1:13:00 AM

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