Take a Hike
Whether it is a short trek into the woods, or a steep ascent up a hill, or a major climb up a mountain peak, hiking offers an exhilarating lower body workout and effective aerobic activity. Basic knowledge of the outdoors, First Aid procedures, and equipment are essentials. Beginners are advised to take short trips first with experienced guides or groups. It’s totally an egg-head thing to do to hike alone.
Gear up in bright-colored cotton tops and shorts or loose pants and a cap to wave off the sun. Good sturdy hiking boots are a good investment if you are planning to keep this a regular activity in your calendar, but otherwise, good running shoes with traction still intact can do the job. Be sure to keep a windbreaker (a light waterproof jacket) handy just in case the weather takes a turn. Sunblocks and a bottle of insect repellant are essentials that you might want to add to your list. For more details on the “What’s”, ask the dudes who will be facilitating your trip.
It is best to keep hydrated at all times and to keep some energy food (dried fruits, nuts, etc.,) handy to sustain you during long hikes.
A sure hit for nature lovers, and those who enjoy going away during the weekend. Hiking may well be the gig to get you into shape, so why not get into those boots and tread that path up that peak to fitness.
An overnight trip to the wilderness will not cost as much as a night-out/dine-out with the gang on a Friday night.
Rock and Roll
If you want great upper and lower body workout, why not try climbing a Rockwall. No, you don’t just go to the nearest rock face that you see and start imitating Spiderman, the proper way to do this is to get professional help.
You may start with one of those beginner walls then move to the more complicated and nerve-wracking verticals. And once you get the hang of it, you may try the actual rock walls in the outdoors. You may contact local mountaineering groups in your school or area for their rock climbing schedules or you may check with your rock gym for their own outdoor rock activities. It is best to do this activity with someone you know or have done the activity with. Safety should always be your first concern.
Gear for this activity may prove a bit expensive, but do not worry, rentals are readily available. If done regularly and properly major benefit for the cardio-vascular department as well as with major muscle groups. Rock climbing in two words: Toned and Trim.
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