man biking in nature

Are you tired of the same, old gym routine? Maybe it's time to take your workout to the next level. Adventure awaits you in the great outdoors. Go to the mountains, desert, river, or ocean to get fit, have fun, and explore a new place. You'll have so much fun doing these activities you'll forget you're even working out!

AcroYoga combines traditional yoga philosophy and technique with hyperactive partner work, flight, and dance. This brand new style of yoga is transforming minds and bodies by cultivating playfulness, strength, and aesthetics as it takes your yoga practice to a new level. You will challenge gravity while building up muscles you never knew you had. Classes are limited, but the practice is spreading. Keep an eye out for AcroYoga near you.

Cross Country Skiing
If you love the snow and want to get off the old path, cross country skiing is for you. Whether you choose to ski a groomed run or cut through some fresh powder in the woods, cross country skiing is a vigorous cardiovascular workout. You'll work up a sweat in freezing weather while touring beautiful winter scenery. Trails are developed for people of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Check if outdoor clubs in your area offer group ski tours or classes to help you get started.

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking will challenge your lungs, balance, and reaction time while burning fat and building muscle. All you need is a helmet, bike, map, and a sense of adventure. Many tracks, parks, grate roads and playgrounds are open to mountain biking. Start easy and work your way up to more challenging rides on steep hills, rough ground, mud, and stream crossings. The sky's the limit! There are inherent dangers in mountain biking, so don't forget to keep safety in mind.

Rock Climbing
Whether you decide to beat plywood walls in a gym or stand atop big granite rock outside, rock climbing offers a unique personal challenge. Contrary to what you may think, you don't need a super muscular upper body to be a successful rock climber--though you might develop one from climbing. Climbing builds inner strength and increases balance, flexibility, mental focus, patience, and confidence. As indoor climbing gyms gain increased popularity in major cities and towns, rock climbing has become safer and much more accessible. Find out what your local area has to offer. Just be sure to learn proper safety techniques from a qualified individual before you start.

Perhaps you're fortunate enough to live near a beautiful beach or you plan to vacation there soon. The next time you smell salty air and hear crashing waves, try surfing. Surfing is a total body workout: it engages the muscles in your core, shoulders, back, and legs and will improve your cardiovascular health while it tones your muscles. With the proper clothing, surfing can be enjoyed year-round in even the coldest waters. Since surfing requires knowledge of some fundamental techniques, search out a professional instructor to help you get started.

Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater rafting requires a certain degree of fitness, skill, and thirst for thrills. Rafting provides an excellent upper body and core workout while it gets your adrenaline rushing. As a beginner, you'll most likely start with a guided tour, but after gaining experience, you can begin to lead your own expeditions. Varying grades of whitewater can be found worldwide, from the Amazon River in South America to the Zambezi River in Africa. Although rafting injuries are uncommon, safety is an important concern. As with any other adventure activity, be sure to take necessary precautions and learn how to problem-solve in hazardous situations.