Forget the gym, enjoy your autumn outdoors
Like it or not: it is officially fall and that means cooler weather, shorter days, and pumpkin spice everything! But our need to stay active in order to stay healthy doesn’t change with the seasons, so here are some fun ideas for activities to keep you moving while the leaves change and winter approaches.
Apple picking season generally goes through October so that means that for the next month you can enjoy the great outdoors while plucking healthy snacks or pie filling for later. Apple picking is a great activity for a crisp fall day: you get all the fresh air you could want along with the added exercise of walking through spans of orchard for as long as the proprietors will allow. Even the act of climbing multiple ladders to reach higher branches is another way to get some exercise. You can find your peak anywhere you look!
Pumpkin picking is a similar outdoor activity to consider. It’s another opportunity to get fresh air and take a long walk. While you aren’t climbing ladders like when picking apples, you will enjoy the weightlifting opportunity of carrying your pumpkin(s) back to your car! (Choose wisely!) Pumpkin picking season is a bit longer than apple picking, so you can enjoy this activity now through most of November.
If you like long walks and pretty views, fall hikes are the activity for you – but if you’re a leaf peeper who likes to see the leaves change, this activity is a double whammy. We like fall hikes because the heat of summer has faded, which means you can enjoy the long walks outdoors without the humidity or pesky intruders like mosquitos. While other leaf peepers in their cars can clog up traffic for the perfect pictures, fall hikers inconvenience no one when they stop to take a pictures or two!
Finally, these activities have no age requirement, so whether it’s a first date, a family outing, or a solo trip: hiking, leaf peeping, apple and/or pumpkin picking are all great choices for anyone ages 1 to 100.
Recovering from Fall Activities
No matter what your fall activity choices are, you can refuel with High Peaks protein bars. Our cookie dough protein bar is made with only nine ingredients and twenty milligrams of full spectrum hemp extract. What does full spectrum mean? Well, for starters it means that this came from a hemp plant, not a cannabis plant. Furthermore, it means that these proteins bars therefore include all of the cannabinoids contained in the hemp plant – over 100 – along with terpenes and flavonoids. Don’t be intimidated by those big words: terpenes simply give off smells in plants, while flavonoids create the colors. In other words: natural flavors and coloring included, nothing added.
While the cookie dough flavor has nine ingredients, the peanut butter chocolate only has seven, but both the cookie dough and peanut butter chocolate flavors are 100% plant derived protein, making them vegetarian. These tasty treats are both 190 calories, making them healthy, protein-packed, natural snacks to consume before or after any physical activity.
But the protein bars are more than just tasty. Because of the full spectrum hemp, they’re good for your muscles after a long day of hiking or climbing ladders in search of the perfect apple. CBD, or cannabidiol, from hemp not only reduces inflammation in the body, it aids in falling asleep faster and sleeping sounder. Sleep is when most of our muscle regeneration occurs, so by consuming one of the High Peaks protein bars after exercise, you give your body the extra tools it needs in muscle recovery by reducing any potential swelling, pain, and aiding in the development of new muscle with a good night’s rest. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but hemp extract makes you stronger – and makes you stronger faster!
What do we like best about these autumn activities? They’re all outside, they’re inexpensive, and they’re healthy! Enjoying the great outdoors and spending time in nature is just one way to find your peak, and that’s really what High Peaks is all about. So dust off your favorite flannel, grab a High Peaks protein bar, and get to an orchard, a pumpkin patch, or a nice reserve to hike in. Tag us in your photos, we love to see what you’re up to and where you’re finding your peak!