McConnells Mill State Park

9 Fun Fall Fitness Activities in Pittsburgh

One of the best things about fall is that the cooler temperatures are perfect for spending time in the great outdoors.

1. Take a Hike

While Pittsburgh itself is home to many great parks to stretch your legs, there are also many places not too far from the city that are great to visit in the fall. McConnells Mill State Park is one of my favorite places for a picturesque hike that's only a quick drive away. My boyfriend, Mitch, and I take our pup, Max there to hike along the water and watch the kayakers. I can't tell who loves the trails more, us or Max!

2. 'Tis the Season for Turkey Trots

I'm sure this one is already on many of your lists, but I can't leave out the always popular turkey trots! While there are dozens of regional turkey trots taking place all over western Pennsylvania, I'm the most excited about the PNC YMCA Turkey Trot. The race has a variety of events ranging from a 1 mile, 5k or 5 mile. This year's race will be virtual and will benefit the YMCA food pantry programs (Thanksgiving Week, Nov. 23-29).

Please note, due to COVID-19, this event is being held virtually this year.

EQT 10 Miler Medals
EQT 10 Miler Medals

4. You Can Go the Distance

If you're feeling up for a longer run this fall, you'll definitely want to check out the EQT 10 Miler. Pittsburgh's famed "Fall Road Race" takes runners on a scenic route throughout the city, with the starting line located near Station Square. This year's race will be virtual and features a Pittsburgh celebration box for all participants.

Please note, due to COVID-19, this event is being held virtually this year.

5. Take the Ropes Course Challenge 

Enjoy a trip to the Laurel Highlands and Nemacolin Woodlands for the ultimate outdoor adventure. Located about an hour and a half south of Pittsburgh, Nemacolin's Adventure Center has activities for weekend warriors to accomplished athletes. Challenge yourself on the 20' Ropes Course featuring nine obstacles and a 250' classic zip line. The Adventure Center also has a climbing wall, canopy tour, off-road Jeep experience, paintball and more. 

Harpers Ferry
Path Through the Woods at Harper's Ferry

6. Go on a Fitness & Foliage Road Trip

One of the most important things about finding time for fitness, especially in the colder months, is remembering to keep it fun. What better way than pairing your workout with a road trip? Harper's Ferry is the perfect place to get your workout in on a hike while also getting to enjoy some scenic views, local farm to table cuisine, and of course, the fall foliage. If you're looking to head a bit further out-of-town, Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

7. Go for a Climb – Inside!

If you'd rather stay indoors to exercise, check out The Climbing Wall in Point Breeze. Whether you're a seasoned climbed or a newbie, this gym welcomes all levels. The experts at the Climbing Wall offer different lessons, classes, and certifications, as well as daily passes and a variety of membership options for regulars. Climbing is a great workout for your entire body and fun way to mix it up from your normal gym or running routine.

Sky Zone
Sky Zone Trampoline Park

8. Bounce, Jump & Dunk

As we're all kids at heart, fall is a great time to channel your younger days and get your workout in indoors at a trampoline park. Sky Zone is a popular park that not only has trampolines but also 10,000 foam cubes that are just waiting for you to jump in. They offer different events such as open jumps, dodgeball, Skyslam - where trampoline launch pads allow you to dunk like a pro, and Skyrobics - a fitness class that is sure to make all other aerobics classes look boring.

Ice Rink PPG Plaza
Mass Mutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink

9. Take It to the Ice

One of my favorite pastimes growing up in Pittsburgh is coming down to the rink at PPG to go ice skating every year. And while Christmas may still be a little while away, this November, both the PPGrink and the Schenley Park Skating Rink will be open and ready for you to show off your moves. Get ready to make some new memories – either with friends, on a date night, or with the entire family – while burning a few calories on the ice.