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Make this fall a fun one

Industry News | Sep 18, 2015

In some parts of the country, the weather may still feel like it's summer. Take advantage of this time and get outside as much as possible, whether it's for daily exercise or going to the nearest park to people watch. Remember, though: Fall weather will be here sooner than you may realize.

The onset of fall is nothing to be scared of. Leaves change to beautiful shades of orange and brown, and the weather can be just the right balance of cool but not bone-shivering. For seniors, the fall season also represents more time to have some outdoors fun before winter fully arrives.

"A staple of the fall season is a trip to the nearest apple orchard."

Visit an orchard
A staple of the fall season is a trip to the nearest apple orchard. According to Sunrise Senior Living, taking a stroll through an orchard is one of fall's most time-honored traditions. Visiting an orchard isn't simply about picking apples. These destinations offer a wide variety of activities, from visiting stores to relaxing on a hayride. Orchards are a great place to visit with families and young grandchildren. Keep in mind, however, you won't be the only family visiting and weekends will likely be packed. If you plan accordingly, you shouldn't have any problems leisurely strolling through the orchard and picking out some delicious apples.

The fall weather is, for some, the best time to enjoy exercising. The summer months are too hot and humid for some, making activities such as jogging or hiking a bit more difficult because of the heat. The winter months can be too cold - no one wants to be outside for extended periods of time when it's below freezing or in the single digits.

The fall running season is also beneficial for your body because you won't be exerting as much energy as exercising during high temperatures does. Jogging is one of the best activity ideas for seniors, but since the days start to get shorter, make sure you have the proper attire. According to U.S. News & World Report, you'll want to wear a light jacket that is also reflective. Don't get discouraged by the shortening days; instead, use this time to enjoy outdoor running before the inevitable snowstorms.

Go camping
You'll want to pack plenty of blankets and sweaters, but fall camping is still a fun and viable option. According to Active, camping during the fall is often less expensive and less crowded than peak summer months. As such, it may be possible to plan a last minute trip and not have to worry about crowds.

"Camping during the fall is often less expensive and less crowded."

Fall camping represents a time to get away from the business of today's lifestyle. While hiking, take in the landscapes and fallen leaves. Best of all, you likely won't find yourself bothered by most insects anymore.

Festivals and sporting events
If you're a fan of football, fall is likely your favorite time of the year. Both college and professional teams are in full swing, with games being played Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and sometimes Fridays. If you're going to the stadium, be sure to tailgate with your friends and family. The cool, crisp fall air mixes well with some grilled brats.

Likewise, October is full of Oktoberfests around the country. Visit one of these festivals near you for some more grilled deliciousness and tasty beer choices.

Enjoy some TV
Up until now, fall activities have been centered around the outdoors. If you're an avid television watcher, every show is gearing up for the start of a new season. The late David Carr once wrote in his popular column that TV was in a second golden age. For many shows, the first episode after a summer of reruns begins in the fall. Sit back and get ready to embark on another season full of adventure, laughter, sadness and suspense.

Just because the warm weather is going away doesn't mean you have to start your hibernation. You can still go camping, apple picking or exercising in the enjoyable fall weather.