Saturday, June 4, 2011

Fitness out of the gym!

Fitness is achievable many different ways, spending hours on end in the gym is not the only way to achieve your desired level of fitness. There are so many other options, you can swim, walk, run, play, bike, rock climb, the list goes on and on. For example I went for a hike today, it was about a 4 mile round trip hike on fairly uneven mountainous terrain. Aside from the calories that were burned, the uneven, shifting, ever-changing terrain also had another benefit, you see when you are on terrain like that you start to involve muscles from all over your body to stabilize yourself. It starts in the feet, and works all the way up through your entire body. One of the largest areas that is used for stabilization is your core, and this is evident if you place your hands on your abs when you are hiking in conditions like this, you can feel your abs working to stabilize your body and keep your balance. The point to all of this is that you don’t have to go to the gym to get a good workout, you can get a good workout just about anywhere. You just have to pick a method that you will enjoy, then have fun and before you know you have hiked, or biked, or ran your way to fitness.  

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