Updated: Oct 14, 2019
If sunset were a season, fall in New England would be magic hour. This is the precious time between the high heat of summer and the deep freeze of winter. Bright pops of color, fresh air, and the best natural light simply refusing to stop tempting you outdoors to soak in every last bit of sparkle. At Be Well Events we are all about making the most of this season and spending as much active time outside as humanly possible. If you are ready to get out there, but in need of some fall fitness inspiration, here are a few ways we love to get physical outdoors during the magical autumn season:
Get your dose of fall foliage while working up a sweat by hiking one of the many breathtaking Maine trails. For something easy and close to Portland, check out Bradbury Mountain in Pownal. The hike to the top is quick, and once there, you’ll get a pleasant view full of fall colors. For something a bit more challenging head an hour and a half out of Portland to Pleasant Mountain in Denmark, Maine. At Southern Maine's highest peak you will find a varity of trails with expansive views at the peak. If you are in the Midcoast area – we absolutely love the scenery at Camden Hills State Park. For a bigger adventure, head to one of our favorite winter locales - Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabasset Valley. Be aware, a fall hike up the mountain is an undertaking. #TBH we prefer riding the chairlift up, catching some views on the way, and hiking back down. Don’t be fooled, downhill is still quite a workout!
As much as we love all the summer visitors in Maine, we must admit it is exciting when the beaches become a little less busy come fall. Fall is the perfect time to get back to pounding the sand without having to dodge coolers and beach umbrellas. We love the added challenge of resistance created by running in the sand. Our favorite beaches are Willard Beach in South Portland and Higgins Beach in Scarborough which are both dog friendly. Check the rules of your favorite local beach before bringing your furry companion along for a healthy jaunt.
While this activity may not burn quite as many calories as a hike or run, the mood boosting qualities make apple picking a fall must in Maine. Some Be Well approved orchards are Wallingford's Fruit House in Auburn and Randall Orchard in Standish. We love spending the afternoon strolling among the trees, cozied up in our Be Well sweatshirt, collecting our bounty. We would be amiss if we didn’t mention the reward of apple cider donuts, or the occasional can of hard cider. Admittedly, this may not be the healthiest of health activities, but the time spent outdoors can’t be beat.
Don't forget about all of the amazing community events going on! Here at Be Well Events we are always brewing up fun new ways for you to get active and meet like minded people. Feeling like a blissful and cozy morning trying something new? Check out Aerial Yoga, Facials and Mimosas on Saturday, October 19th. We hope to see you there!