When you are looking to stay fit in the fall, it might take a little more creativity since the weather is changing and your schedule might also be a bit different. If you want to try something new, why not go with the new scavenger hunt trend? There are a few different ways to do this, but essentially, you need to jog or run to find items on your list outside, as opposed to casually walking. It is a way to have some fun and also get in a good workout at the same time.
Choosing the Right Location
The first thing you need to do when doing a fitness scavenger hunt is to choose a good location. You want the area to be large enough to accommodate exercise while running around to collect items. If it is a compact space, you not only won’t find the items on your list, but won’t get much of a workout. It should also be a safe location and be something you use during the daytime, preferably with someone else with you. Be careful with bad weather, but don’t be discouraged if it is a little cold. Wear a sweatshirt or jacket and get your outdoor exercise. Some good locations include parks, beaches, fields, and even someone’s large backyard.
What to Select For the Hunt
There are two types of fitness scavenger hunts you can do; you can either choose items you would typically find in that type of area, or set it up where someone places the items first, then everyone in the group runs around to find the items. The latter tends to work better since you have full control over the items that are going to be found. If you leave it up to chance, some items may never be found. Select the items and place them in various locations in the park or backyard, similar to setting up for an Easter egg hunt. Make sure everyone has a copy of the items to be grabbed, then the winner will be the person who collects the most items by the end.
Exercises to do During the Scavenger Hunt
Instead of just turning this into a running activity, you can have participants do workouts between each item they collect. For example, you can have someone do 20 jumping jacks after returning their first item, or have then do calf raises or high knees after they get a specific type of item and return it. Some other exercises to include are:
So that you can keep track of items being collected, have the participants return each item to one person individually. This person keeps a list of all items for the scavenger hunt, and marks items off the list when someone finds an item. This also gives them more running to do.