Changing seasons and new routines go hand in hand. Switching things up for shorter days and cooler weather is an important adjustment! If part of your daily routine as a dancer is a workout, finding alternatives for fall that let you exercise while enjoying the season is a must.

Go for a walk

An obvious but relaxing option, walks are so basic it’s easy to forget about them! There is no better time to go for a walk than in the fall season when the mornings and evenings are cooler. Plus, in temperate climates, the trees changing colors and leaves falling add a fabulous view. This is also an activity you could do with your dog, family, or friends. 

Basketball with friends

If you want a more fun alternative to working out that doesn’t feel so much like exercise, why not play another sport? With a few friends, a basketball, and a net at someone’s house or at a local park, you’re ready for some shooting or even a pickup game. Basketball is a good option for cardio and basic leg workouts.


Pickleball is one of the trendiest sports of the moment. Find a local park with a pickleball court, and all you need to provide is a ball and paddles. This is a less intense workout option that still includes plenty of movement, and you can play with friends or family or find a local pickleball group to join. Sometimes, the perfect workout is a fun afternoon activity.  

Workout circuit

Planning a simple workout circuit to do outside is a great option for this time of year. Include your favorite exercises and stretches along with including things like jumping rope, squats, and light jogs into the mix to take advantage of being outdoors. One of the major perks of this option is that you can change up the difficulty level to match how you are feeling that day (and the weather!). 


Mix a little fall adventure into your workout! There is nothing better than biking around a pretty neighborhood or a bike path. As you bike, you can see the fall decorations around and enjoy the view. Plus, biking is a very relaxed activity for the amount of exercise you’re getting! 

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.