11 Sneaky Ways to Burn Extra Calories This Fall

As autumn ushers in cooler temps, our thoughts turn from hot, sunny afternoons at the beach to crisp, humid-free days spent baking pies, raking leaves and watching football. But that doesn’t mean our fitness has to take a backseat to the flurry of fall activities. Believe it or not, you can still reap some calorie-burning rewards this season—you just need to know how.

Here are 11 hidden ways to burn calories, possibly enough to earn you an extra slice of that pie!

*All calorie counts based on a 140-pound person

1Apple Picking

Nabbing some fresh McIntosh and Granny Smiths burns 191 calories an hour. Plus, you know what they say about the health benefits of these juicy fruits and keeping the doctor away!

MORE: Kohlrabi and Fuji Apple Salad Recipe

2Pumpkin Carving

Carving pumpkins is anything but scary when it can shed 127 calories an hour. And remember, when you’re done, don’t toss those seeds—they are chock-full of protein and essential fatty acids.

3Touch Football

Instead of sitting on the couch rooting for your favorite team, how about heading outdoors and playing a friendly game of Two-Hand Touch? You can blast a whopping 509 calories in just one hour. Makes spending the rest of the day in front of the TV feel a lot less like a guilty pleasure.

MORE: How Your Football Team Is Making You Fat

4Raking Leaves

Admittedly, this is not our favorite chore, but knowing that it can knock out 274 calories an hour makes it more gratifying. Run and jump in the piles of leaves when you’re done, and you’ll burn even more calories.


Yes, scooping flour and kneading dough can help you work off calories, too (pumpkin bread, anyone?). Just an hour of baking helps you ditch 127 calories.

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