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5 of the Best Outdoor Sports to Play Before Winter

With fall upon us and winter approaching hard and fast, it's important to spend as much time outside as you can. The air is crisp and fresh, and as long as you're wearing the right attire, you'll be able to spend hours enjoying the outdoors.

Despite knowing that sunshine boosts your mood and keeps you healthy, sometimes you need a little extra motivation to get you outside and active. Finding fun sports to play with friends and family might just be the incentive you need to get you off the couch, because while watching football on Sundays is fun, playing it might be even better. Here are six of the best outdoor sports games to play before the leaves fall from the trees and winter weather keeps you inside the heat of your home.

1. Baseball

Most playgrounds and parks have baseball diamonds, but you don't even need one to play baseball. All you need are Rawlings gloves, a bat, sneakers, cones to mark the bases, and a baseball—and you're all set. To play baseball, you'll need one person pitching and one person batting, and as many people playing the field as you can get. However, you don't always need full sets of teams to enjoy what baseball has to offer; just going outside to have a catch or practicing fielding ground and fly balls with a friend is a fun way to take advantage of your baseball glove. Plus, baseball is a great socially distant sport, so you don't have to worry too much about catching the virus.

2. Football

Football Sundays in the fall are great. There's nothing like getting dressed up in your team jersey and planting yourself on the couch with a bowl of buffalo chicken dip. But every football game has a halftime, and no one really watches the halftime show—giving you a perfect excuse to actually get outside and play football. The great part about football is that you quite literally only need your body and a football to play. Play a two hand touch version of the game with your family and run some plays like the pros. Just avoid the tackling part, because you don't want to go home with a sprained ankle.

3. Soccer

Like football, heading outside to play soccer doesn't require much preparation; you just need to bring a soccer ball and to find a park or a field with a net. If you don't have the bodies to play a real game, there are countless soccer drills you can run with only a few people, such as practicing dribbling or scoring on goal. If you can't recruit a friend or family member to play with you, soccer is one of those sports that you can practice by yourself; you can see how many times you can juggle or practice hitting a top corner goal.

4. Running

There is nothing like the feeling of crunching leaves under your feet as you run amid brisk fall air. Fall is the best time to run, and running is an amazing way to get active, get stronger, and burn calories. You can run by yourself while listening to your favorite music album or podcast, or you can get a small runners group together to keep you motivated. Afterwards, treat yourself to a pumpkin spice latte.

5. Basketball

Basketball is a fun team sport that is best played in fall weather, and as long as you have a basketball and a net you're set to play. Basketball works with a team or just one-on-one, or you can shoot baskets and practice dribbling through the legs tricks by yourself. You've also probably heard of PIG, which is a two or more person shooting game that truly never gets old.

Winter is cold and snowy, and probably not the time you want to be outside playing sports. So as October turns into November and November into December, make sure you spend time outside: playing sports, having fun, and getting that Vitamin D.

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