It might only be the first week of September, but all of the signs are there. If you haven’t already noticed, the days are getting shorter, school has started and there is a slight crispness in the air. These are all signs that autumn will soon be here.

As the leaves change colors and the summer heat dissipates, you will find that this is the perfect time of year for all sorts of healthy and fun activities that you can do with your children.

Autumn is the perfect time of year for being active. The heat of summer makes it too hot for many outdoor activities and we all know there are activities you don’t want to do in the winter. It makes perfect sense to take full advantage of the wonderful weather fall brings.

River Valley Pediatrics, your pediatric clinic in New Braunfels, offers fall activities that are fun and healthy that you can do with your children.

Pumpkin Picking

Even as an adult, you still love rummaging through pumpkin patches picking out the roundest pumpkins to carve. All of that walking, squatting and pumpkin lifting is a great way to get a workout. Walking at a moderate pace burns up to 200 calories an hour. You and your children will burn even more lifting dozens of pumpkins in search of the perfect one.

Take a Bike Ride

Riding bikes in the fall should be at least a weekly family affair. Biking burns calories, which is great if you and your children want to maintain a healthy weight. But bike riding also builds muscle, stamina and strength.

Bike riding is a low-impact sport, so your joints are safe. And riding bikes in the fall is so much better than riding in the heat of summer.

Take a Hike

Hiking is yet another great sport that burns a lot of calories, about 400 an hour. Hiking is also healthy as it works several muscle groups. It is also a great way to get some sun, which is a source of vitamin D.

Pick Some Apples

The only thing better than picking apples from a tree in the fall is eating them. Picking apples is a good form of exercise and a great way to enjoy nature.

Apples are filled with soluble fiber, which helps keep your cholesterol in check. You can eat the apples straight from the tree or enjoy them in any number of wonderful recipes. Apple pie comes to mind.

Navigate a Corn Maze

Chasing the children around a corn maze is a fun way to get your heart pumping. It will get your kid’s hearts pumping as well. This can help improve cardiovascular endurance and increase lung capacity.

In addition, you need to use brain power to make your way through the twists and turns and find your way to the end.

Jump in the Leaves

Before you can jump into a pile of leaves, you must first rake them up from the lawn. This is a chore, but it is fun and it is a great workout. Raking and jumping into a pile of leaves requires walking, running, raking, squatting and the use of a lot of muscles. You should try it.

If your child is due for their wellness checkup, give River Valley Pediatrics a call.