Fitness Blog 4: Activities Outside of the Gym

Hey Guys! Once again, this series has been extremely fun and successful so here is the fourth part of this series.


In the gym and fitness world it is very easy to get overwhelmed or discouraged, but the thing to remember is that everyone starts somewhere. As a person that literally started as far away from “ideal” as possible, it will all improve as time goes on. You will, with hard work and determination, reach your goals. It will obviously be a difficult and enduring journey that, to be honest, will never end. The thing is you want to reach goal, but you don’t want to just reach it. You want to maintain it, improve it even more and live with it if your body allows. Therefore, the journey isn’t a month, two month, a year, or any set amount of time, it is forever, or if you are willing to uphold it. The motivation will continue, with each step or milestone you will feel accomplished and want the next one, and so on. The initial process of going out and starting your journey is typically the most difficult time. You generally have no idea how to diet, how to begin a workout, what kind of workouts will benefit you, or how to approach your issues from a logical standpoint. After you figure out what works from either a nutritionist or trial and error it just becomes routine and that is easily followed with slight variations. But here are a few different routes you may consider for fun Calorie burning when all else fails, or if you want a day away from the gym.

Hiking- one of my personal favorite things to do when I’m not in the gym, and still wanting to burn a few extra Calories.  It is an effective way to burn a significant number of Calories. Generally, an average person will burn around 500 Calories hiking, but a lot of this depends on terrain, and body composition.

Cycling- not personally one of my favorite pass times, but still a very productive use of spare time is cycling. If you have a safe route, and the essential materials to have a safe ride, then cycling is a great use of your time away from the gym. As a rough estimate, you can count on burning at least 500 Calories an hour assuming you upheld a pace that is quick.

Jogging/walking- In an event that you can’t make it to the gym, or if you just want to enjoy the day jogging or walking are the tried and tested of at home fitness. Jogging is great alternative to a gym workout when you are rushed for time. Walking is a great exercise for those that are beginning to enter the fitness lifestyle, or if you have a minor injury that prohibits strenuous movements, but allows walking and light exercise. When jogging there are a few things to consider to gauge your workout results. Your weight, and intensity are to be considered, but an average pace of five miles per hour for an hour can usually burn approximately 450 Calories. Walking however, must be considered slightly differently, but as a general rule think 100 Calories per mile if you weigh 180 and 65 Calories if you weigh 120. The more you weigh the more you will burn, and the less you weigh the less you will burn generally.

Body weight resistance- I mentioned that hiking was one of my favorite things to do while away from the gym, but this is my favorite hands down. This is broader of a category than the others but it has a plethora of exercises. You can do standard push-ups, diamond push-ups, pull-ups, chin ups, sit ups, crunches, plank, c-sits, twists, dips and muscle ups if you are capable (I’m not). You can have a great workout just from a few of these options, and I have a day once a week that focuses on body weight resistance instead of weights, because it is that effective. I am all for the gym, but if you wanted to avoid the gym scene then I would highly recommend doing body weight exercises with high intensity.

As promised I will reveal another workout, but this time instead of my own I will refer you to a workout that I found online for beginners that looks promising. It is a workout from “Muscle & Fitness.” I will leave a link at the end for anyone willing to attempt it. it is four week long, but once again looks promising and can get you on the right track.

That’s it for this blog, remember to send Q&A’s for the next post and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, twitter and snapchat for previews of my new blogs, a means to send questions and a shout out. As promised the link will be below for the Muscle & Fitness four-week beginner workout.


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First off my name is Shane Absher, and I'm from the Southwestern Region of Virginia. I am a college student at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. My goal with my blog posts is to inspire each individual into becoming a better, and more motivated version of their self. I have explored many avenues of fitness, and would like to share with each my own goals, and maybe even ways for you to accomplish your own goals. I want each of my readers to share my page to your friends and allow them an opportunity to possibly become inspired to change. Remember, change is scary, difficult and unique but it is for the better. God bless you all and have a great day! Remember to share each of my posts and follow me on instagram, twitter and Facebook. IG: _absher_ Twitter: _absher_97 Facebook:@Shane Absher

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