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Fun ways to get a workout in this fall

Written by
Laura Rote

Sure, you’ve spent all summer running around the city, biking the 606 and playing volleyball at North Avenue Beach. But now what? It seems unlikely that you’ll be letting off quite as much steam this fall as you did all summer. Instead of sitting on the couch watching bad reality TV until spring, take advantage of one of the many fun ways you can squeeze a workout in this fall in Chicago. 

Capture the flag. In flag football, that is. Chicago Sport & Social Club offers men’s and coed divisions at all levels at spots across the city. Football not your thing? Check out the basketball schedule. Note: Fall leagues fill up fast, so register soon.

Climb a mountain. Indoors. Spots like Brooklyn Boulders offer a chance to try rock climbing whether you’re a beginner or advanced climber.

Become a mermaid. You can learn how to swim like Ariel—complete with tail (fin?)—when you take a class with AquaMermaid. Sign up some friends and you'll all be doing synchronized routines in no time. 

Jump in a foam pit. Seriously. At Sky High Sports Trampoline Park in Naperville, you can bounce off—you guessed it—a trampoline and do your best belly flop into a massive pit of foam squares. I’m not entirely certain how many calories this will burn, but it sure looks like fun.

Spike it. It’s never too late to get the gang together again for some volleyball. Take the sport indoors and join a fall league, no matter your skill level. 

Go dancing. I mean, why not? Friday, Saturday, whenever you feel like it. You can always burn at least a few calories when you go dancing at one of the best dance clubs in the city. 

Run like…. Frankenstein? The Monster Dash returns to Chicago just in time for Halloween, so put on your most aerodynamic costume and race to the finish line in the 5K. 

Play the other football. Show off your fancy footwork when you join a men’s or coed soccer team—no matter your experience level—at one of a number of leagues that play at both indoor and outdoor venues across the city.

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