Activities Outside the Gym

Things to do During the Summer and Fall that isn’t the Gym! 

Wether you live in a city, suburb, or anything in between there is more to do than you realize!  If you’re sick of the gym, or just want some old fashion exercise that isn’t found in the gym, there are many options. 

Hiking Trails:

Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and some quality time with nature. Whether there are real trails or just a great scenery location near you, get your boots on and adventure. You don’t need a tent and to knock out 16 miles, but getting out there and smelling the fresh air and connecting to the earth is a great way to clear your mind mentally. There are 5,280 feet in a mile, and the average stride is over 2 feet. That’s only 2,000 steps you need to do to knock out a mile. That’s pretty easy when you’re taking in all the beautiful sights. 


Biking is another great way to get some exercise. Biking can be done in the woods, on the street, in the city. If you’re in a city like Pittsburgh, you have a ton of bike lanes that can get you to some great spots. Gather some friends and make a day out of it! Bike rental can be a cheap alternative to enjoying some local spots.  

Water Sports:

Whether it’s white water rafting with a group of friends, canoeing, kayaking solo, or just sitting in an inner tube, get out there. You can get a nice tan, a great arm workout, or just enjoy the water floating along. Of course, take your precautions with some sunscreen and know what type of water you are getting into.  If you need a guide, don’t feel afraid, you will have just as much fun! 


There are so many festivals that go on! There are food festivals, music festivals, art festivals, renaissance festivals, so find one near you! There is so much walking to be done here you don't even understand! Being distracted with something like music or jousting will totally take off the thought that you’re walking so much! On average, at a big music festival, you can knock out over 30,000 steps a day! That’s of course if you’re dancing your butt off, which is up to you! 

Check out the local opportunities to you, and don’t feel afraid to get out of your comfort zone! If you have transportation and something near you, go! You won’t regret it! Remember to bring some water with you!