Poll: Which Season is Your Favorite for Outdoor Exercise?


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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

What are your favorite outdoor exercises during the fall season?

Which season is your favorite for outdoor exercise?

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    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
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    I prefer spring - 9/8/2012   7:05:44 PM
    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
    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
  • 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
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    I agree with you 100%!!!! Thanks for the additional links! Good info. - 9/8/2012   1:13:00 AM
  • 96
    Fall and Spring. Love the cooler weather. - 9/8/2012   12:03:51 AM
  • 95
    Fall and Spring. Love the cooler weather. - 9/8/2012   12:03:42 AM
  • 94
    Spring and fall - 9/7/2012   11:34:07 PM
  • 93
    Fall and Spring are my favorites...it's hard to choose just one! I love the crisp fall air and the gorgeous fall colors, but I also love spring - the trees just starting to bud, the spring flowers and flowering trees, and the smell of spring. Love them both! - 9/7/2012   9:04:33 PM
  • 92
    Tie between spring and autumn.
    After a freezing winter, Spring is very welcome! The days are getting longer, the weather is warmer, leaves and flowers are peaking out.
    After a record-setting summer, am so looking forward to Autumn! Cooler temps and I like autumn colors - 9/7/2012   8:30:27 PM
    Now that I've entered menopause, summers are harder to handle, but I continue to get outside most during the summers. I live in Boulder, Colorado, and if it's really hot I just head up into the foothills and mountains. Either by bike or driving to great hiking places - we have it all. This summer was our hottest on record. The Denver area averages 33 days of 90+ degree days. This year we're already over 70 - more than double the average! It's been rough, but getting out early makes it possible to enjoy even the weather "down on the flats".

    Each season brings a change to the sports that we do. That can be really fun and keeps things fresh.

    Wish me good blessings for my Century (100 miles) ride this Sunday!! - 9/7/2012   8:10:27 PM
  • 90
    Fall and Spring are my favorites. - 9/7/2012   7:59:24 PM
  • 89
    I like the fall because of the colors of the leaves and the crunch of them when stepped on. I like spring too, because of all the beautiful flowers that peek up through the ground. - 9/7/2012   6:47:16 PM
  • 88
    Spring! Nothing like hiking and biking while watching the earth come alive. Not to mention, everything smells like GREEN. *mad grin* It's fantastic. I get so giddy over the reawakening of nature that it gets me more motivated. - 9/7/2012   5:21:52 PM
    My favorite season is summer, but it's because the only outdoor exercise I really like is hiking and mountain biking. Summer is really the only appropriate season! - 9/7/2012   4:39:11 PM
  • 86
    Spring was my favorite season my whole life.... that is, until we moved to Deming 3 years ago! I was born & raised in Phoenix, and March and April are always fabulous there (plus my birthday's in March, so that helped, too!) But here in southern NM, we get these crazy winds in the spring that send dirt flying at 60 miles per hour... OUCH and ICK! So, now I'd definitely have to say Fall is the best time to be outdoors! - 9/7/2012   3:11:44 PM
  • 85
    I live in the Pacific NW and agree with BKSKITTYKATT. Spring and Fall are the best times for outdoor activities. Summer is too humid and winter is too wet. We get enough sun breaks in the Spring and Fall to get in good walks here. Except for 2 or 3 years ago when we had 9 months of rain. Not all in one stretch but that year I was very thankful when we finally got our 3 weeks of summer. lol - 9/7/2012   2:46:58 PM
  • 84
    Winter -- because I live in the Phoenix area, and winter there is like summer in most places! - 9/7/2012   2:41:52 PM
  • 83
    Summer -- I start itching for the mountian hikes & go as soon as the snow retreats. Some years that is August! - 9/7/2012   1:55:43 PM
  • 82
    Spring and Fall are my favorite. The cooler temperatures are much nicer and it's great to see the earth come back to life in the spring and the changes that fall brings too - 9/7/2012   12:44:52 PM
  • 81
    I like both spring and fall. After winter, it feels good to have a little warmth, and after summer, it's great to have a little bit cooler weather. - 9/7/2012   12:25:52 PM
  • 80
    Here in south Texas, summer lasts from March to October at least, so, although I do love spring and fall, they are very, very short. Winter is even shorter, but we do occasionally even get freezing temps. - 9/7/2012   12:01:55 PM
  • 79
    Here in the rainy Pacific NW, I definitely have to say summer. The mountain snow recedes enough for awesome hiking, we get a little bit of sunshine, and there's swimming to be had in the summer as well.

    My next favorite would be fall, since it's usually still fairly dry. It's very windy, though, so when hiking you have to watch out for widowmakers (the tree branches, in this context of the term).

    I dislike winter. Despite living out here, I've never been skiing, and it's cold, wet, and windy, so winter is not my season. - 9/7/2012   11:26:45 AM
    I love fall and spring, but I think fall is my favorite (but only by a little). I love the cooler weather and the bright sunny days. I love the leaves changing and taking walks in the woods. I can't wait to get my jeans and sweaters out! - 9/7/2012   11:22:59 AM
    Love fall and spring, when the weather is not too hot or too cold! - 9/7/2012   11:04:42 AM
    I love the spring and fall. The spring feels like a new beginning and the fall feels like a beautiful reflective time. - 9/7/2012   11:03:12 AM
    I love the spring and fall. The spring feels like a new beginning and the fall feels like a beautiful reflective time. - 9/7/2012   11:03:12 AM
  • 74
    Almost anything but winter. Grew up in midwest, but still like to be outdoors a lot without tons of gear on. - 9/7/2012   10:48:23 AM
  • 72
    Fall and spring - 9/7/2012   10:28:50 AM
  • ACK1N5
    I like to workout in the Fall and Spring seasons because the weather is very comfortable and I'm not overworking my body because of the weather conditions. - 9/7/2012   10:23:23 AM
  • 70
    Living in the Midwest, I too experience all 4 seasons with distinction. I really love them all-I began running outdoors on a 6 degree January day, and I thought I would die for sure. I have discovered that every season has something to appreciate in the outdoors. The crispness and quiet of Winter is amazing and calming. The newness of life in Spring is inspiring for fresh starts, the heat of Summer reminds me that I used to HATE the heat, but now love it, and Fall had always been a favorite time to watch the changing leaves and enjoy the slow creep into winter. I really LOVE them all for their unique experiences. I love the Midwest! - 9/7/2012   10:11:40 AM
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    Love both spring and fall - fall is just beautiful, but reminds me that snow :o( is coming soon.....spring may not be as beautiful, but what is does to my heart after being cooped up all winter is nothing short of a miracle! - 9/7/2012   9:54:35 AM
    Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons for working out outdoors. Spring because I love watching the trees and flowers in bloom ready to give color the world from a gray winter and the brisk air and firy hues of Fall invigorates my senses. - 9/7/2012   9:52:07 AM
    For me, it is summer and fall. I love taking walk on the beach and elsewhere when all the leaves are out. And I love swimming in the ocean. And fall has a lot to offer without summer humidex. - 9/7/2012   9:36:36 AM
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    I love to walk and play tennis. I'm not real good at tennis but I get in a great workout chasing that ball around, - 9/7/2012   9:35:51 AM
  • 65
    I love the Spring and Fall, the weather is not too cold or hot to exercise in! - 9/7/2012   9:26:28 AM
  • 64
    Fall and winter. I love to bike and hike in the cooler fall, and to cross-country ski in the winter. - 9/7/2012   9:16:26 AM
    spring and fall. I love the changing of the seasons and can't take the cold of winter or heat and bugs of summer. - 9/7/2012   9:14:56 AM
  • 62
    Fall and early winter are best for my breathing (asthma). I love spring too even if I do have some allergies. Summer is too hard to be outdoors long with heat, humidity, and this year horrendous allergies. - 9/7/2012   9:14:34 AM
    Anything but summer! It's so hot here that summer is rough. All three other seasons are really nice outdoors. - 9/7/2012   9:09:01 AM
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    I love all four seasons. Variety is the spice of life. - 9/7/2012   8:56:28 AM
  • N16351D
    Living in the Pacific NW, we have about 35-40 degrees and rain most of the year. Summer months provide average temperatures in the seventies, with little rain in July and August. Hands down, I'd rather be outside in the great northwest in summer months without the cold and rain!

    If I lived in Phoenix, it would probably be winter as summer is too hot! - 9/7/2012   8:53:17 AM

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