As the colder temperatures roll in, it can be difficult to stay motivated and active, as a family. The days are getting shorting, the air is getting crisper, and that couch and your Roku player are seeming more and more like the best scenario. But as parents, we need to find ways to keep our minds and bodies, and those of our little ones, occupied that don’t only consist of what has just been released on Netflix this month.

We are not all blessed with the beautiful, year-round, seventy-degree weather that some are accustom too. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a plethora of outdoor activities to keep your family active in the Fall months.

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It doesn’t matter if you are a native Ohioan, like my wife and I, or if you hail from the deep south, pumpkin patches and farms are always a great option. Not only does this give you a chance to bust out the stroller and burns some calories on a nice leisurely walk, but you also get to enjoy your surroundings and the festiveness of it all.

Spending quality time with your family, getting some exercise outside, while sampling the local ciders and the newest pumpkin-flavored pastry, just cannot be beaten. And the fun doesn’t have to stop when you leave the farm. It can continue when you take home your pumpkin for carving.

Scavenger Hunts are also a fun chance for you to get a little extra cardio Click To Tweet

You say pumpkins aren’t your thing? That’s fine. There a plenty of other outdoor activities you can consider, to get you and yours out of the house and keep you active. Plan a scavenger hunt at the local park. If your kids are old enough and mobile, this is a very good idea to exercise their minds and bodies. Give them a simple list of clues to help them find the goodies or prizes that you’ve hidden around the park. Who doesn’t like finding a prize? It is so much more rewarding than getting to the next level of whatever video game they’d be playing otherwise. Scavenger Hunts are also a fun chance for you to get a little extra cardio, as you scramble to find hiding places throughout the park.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what activity you decide on, as long as you are spending quality time with your family. There are healthy benefits to keeping yourself and your little ones active, but it is also just rewarded to find new things to keep them entertained and excited.

So, take some time this week and think of something new and fun that you can do with your family. If your best idea is watching Elf and eating some popcorn, then so be it. But, I encourage you to think outside of the box and keep those little legs and imaginations active.

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