If you’re the type of person that’s always looking for new ways to challenge your body and fitness, it may be time to think outside of the traditional workout box. Of course, our Hampton CrossFit gym provides no end of diverse and challenging workouts, but that doesn’t mean you have to live here! There are many types of outdoor recreation that allow you to have fun, even as your body gets a healthy dose of exercise. Here are a few ideas to help you break up your normal workout routine.


Who doesn’t love the feeling of speeding down a trail with the wind in your hair? In addition to being extremely fun, riding a bike is a great way to build up your cardiovascular endurance. Cycling is also an extremely low-impact exercise, allowing you to challenge your fitness without stressing your joints. Different styles of riding can offer varied challenges and degrees of enjoyment. BMX, road, and mountain biking work different muscle groups, and are all fun in their own ways.


Who wants to work out on a treadmill all day when you can get out there and explore the great outdoors? Newport News Park is just outside of Hampton, and offers lots of great hiking trails that can be a real breath of fresh air. What’s more, the uneven terrain of hiking trails provides variety in your fitness training that your muscles don’t get from treadmills and flat tracks. Whether you prefer to walk, jog, or run, the natural surroundings will make you forget that you’re actually working out.


Another great indoor or outdoor activity, many people don’t realize just how much exercise you get when you’re swimming. To move through water you must use your entire body. Whether you’re swimming laps, enjoying a backyard pool party, or catching waves at Buckroe Beach, you’re sure to have a great time while challenging many different muscle groups.