I don’t want to admit it, but summer 2015 is winding down. Warm early morning jogs, swimming laps in the sunshine, and yoga in the park won’t be workout options in just a few short weeks. As sad as it is to see another summer come to an end, there are tons of sneaky calorie-burning activities that can be embraced in the fall! These aren’t hard core workouts by any means, but the following endeavors are both fun and way healthier than sitting inside with a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
What better way to get your blood pumping than spending a Friday night in a corn maze? The best ones are found on farms outside the city limits. Gearhard Farms in Murrysville (about 20 miles east of the city) opens their corn maze to the public each fall. You can spend 20 minutes to an hour in the maze depending on if you just want to find your way out or you want to try to figure out the secret message or picture that’s carved into the field. At the end of the maze, it will be revealed with an aerial photograph of the maze! A little farther away is Lonesome Valley Farms in Greensburg (40 miles southeast of the city). Along with their giant corn maze, Lonesome Valley has scary attractions like a haunted hayride and the “Slotter Farmhouse and Barn.”
Although some may argue that this isn’t a “fun” activity, an afternoon of raking leaves will definitely make up for all that candy corn you ate the night before. It’s basically a full body workout with the added bonus of cleaning up your yard. Don’t forget to celebrate by jumping in your leaf pile when you’re all done!
If you’ve ever carved a pumpkin before, you know it can be a workout for your arms. It’s not easy to get your knife all the way through the pumpkin shell, yet alone carve a meticulous design. To add even more of a workout to your jack-o-lantern-ing, go to a pumpkin patch and pick out your own pumpkins! Try Sourgel Orchards in Wexford for their Pumpkin-Palooza. As well as picking pumpkins, they also have delicious farm-fresh food!
Kennywood Fright Night
As long as you don’t eat too many Potato Patch Fries, an evening walking around Kennywood and running from monsters can make for a pretty healthy outing. Did you know that spending three hours simply standing on your feet burns about 100 more calories than sitting? Not bad. So even when you’re standing in line for the Phantom, you’re still benefitting.
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