Fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature. The temperatures have settled and who knows how long we have in Iowa before we drop below freezing! There is no better time than now to hit your local trail to take advantage of the cool breeze and crunchy leaves.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources website and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation have great information and resources about trails in Iowa that can be used for hiking and biking. Plan a trail day or weekend with your family or friends to have fun and get some exercise.
There are a few things to remember when exercising in the fall:
- Although it is a bit cooler outside than during the summer months, it is still important to drink water before, during and after your activity.
- Dress in layers to avoid becoming too warm. Your first layered shirt should be of moisture wicking material and the second layer should be for warmth. If you plan to be outside early in the morning or late at night, add a third layer with reflective properties. Don’t forget gloves and a hat.
- Be safe and carry a cell phone, bring a buddy along and always know where you are. If you are heading to the trail alone, be sure to tell a family member or friend where you will be going and when to expect your return.
Now get out there and discover the beautiful landscapes Iowa has to offer! Let us know about your day on the trail by commenting below or on Facebook.