Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and try a new sport.

4 New Sports to Try for Fall

October’s sunny skies, cooler temperatures, low winds, and clean, crisp air make it the perfect time to try out a new sport or fitness activity. And whether you’re a fitness nut, or just want to find a new way to have some outdoor fun, there’s something out there for you. Here, four ideas to inspire your inner athlete to come out to play.


The season is underway, and soccer fields all over town are colorful with jerseys and lively with shouts and cheers. Join the fun by signing up for finding a pick-up game or joining a local league. If you’ve played before but those years are long behind you, no worries – there are lots of ways to start playing again. Beginners can get started with clinics a recreation and community centers.


There’s a reason why you see more and more surfers every time you go to the beach. Surfing and boogieboarding are soaring in popularity, and surfing communities are becoming more inclusive and welcoming to beginners. To see if surfing is for you, sign up for a beginning surf class in a setting that feels relaxed and comfortable. Women may prefer a women-only class, and kids often benefit from being in a class without adults. You can find surf schools in local beach towns, or make surfing part of your next vacation by signing up for a surf camp, many of which are in locations where the wave action is gentle.


With fewer cars on the roads not yet slippery, and gorgeous fall foliage to ride through, autumn is a cyclist’s dream season. Many sports stores have weekly group rides that are suitable for all ages and cycling levels. And here are some tips on choosing your first bike.


In many areas, winds die down in fall, leaving water smooth and glassy for easy paddling. So if you’ve never been on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) now is a good time to try out this hot new sport.

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.