fall runTAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE COOL, CRISP WEATHER: It’s much more comfortable exercising outdoors in the fall than it is in the summer heat so take advantage! Enjoy the beautiful color change while hiking or bike riding through the trails. Apple picking, pumpkin carving and corn mazes are other fun fall activities for the whole family! Here is a list of corn mazes in northern Illinois. What a great way to hit your 10,000 steps!

HAVE A BACK UP PLAN: You can’t have blue skies everyday so plan for the cold rainy days and the early darkness. Do some light free weights on these days in the comfort of your home or throw in a quick cardio DVD.

CLEAN YOUR YARD: Raking and bagging those pretty autumn leaves can burn 200-300 calories an hour. When you’re done with yours, offer your help to a neighbor or friend for some serious calorie burn!

TRAIN FOR A 5K:Walk, run or walk and run a 5k this fall. There are nearly 40 races left from now until the end of the year for you to take part in in the Chicago land area. Click here for a list of them.

EAT HEALTHY, SEASONAL FALL PRODUCE: This time of the year you’ll find some of the best squashes (butternut, acorn, pumpkin), root vegetables (sweet potatoes, turnips, parsnips) and apples around! These are hi