Here’s a novel way to enjoy autumn in New England: While the trees are dropping their leaves, you can be shedding some pounds and getting in your steps.
Activate the “Health” app on your iPhone, don a light jacket, unleash your inner multitasker and you’re good to go. Powered by the same GPS technology your phone’s map uses to give you directions, the app will tell you not only how many miles or kilometers you’ve covered but exactly how many steps you took.
Fitbit, Garmin and other trackers can give you more data than you can shake a poplar branch at, including how many calories you’ve burned. If you’re a beginner, no sweat. Autumn is the perfect season to get outdoors: crisp and cool, with none of the strength-sapping humidity that can discourage even well-trained athletes.
Scenic trails abound across the region, and they offer some of the most drop-dead-gorgeous places to view foliage off the beaten path while getting in your run or walk. Plus, these places are far less crowded in the fall and are at their most beautiful. Win-win. Here’s a guide to some of the more resplendent outside of Connecticut, and you’ll find Connecticut fitness hikes here.
MAINE: Jordan Pond Shore Trail, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park
Picture a narrow boardwalk hewn from logs, encircling a pinch-me-perfect pond mirroring birch, aspen and oak — all blazing with peak autumn glory. That’s the trail around idyllic Jordan Pond, formed by glaciers in the shadow of Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain, not far from Bar Harbor and its playful puffins. Part of the trail is over graded gravel; about 4,000 feet of it follows bouncy log bridges. It’s mostly flat and…
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