When many people first think about exercising or working out, their mind automatically pictures a dimly-lit gym with overly-enthusiastic personal trainers yelling at their clients to do more sit-ups. While you’re more than welcome to go and visit a gym to get your dose of exercise, there’s actually a lot of things that you can do outside in the presence of nature to burn those calories, build up those muscles and work toward a better you. Getting outside and moving is done nowhere better than the gorgeous state of Colorado, and in today’s blog post, we’re going to touch on some of the neat things that you can do to exercise outside.

Move With Us At The Upcoming Fort Collins Fitness Festival!

If there’s any event in Northern Colorado that’s bound to get you moving and grooving outside, then it’s definitely the first annual Fort Collins Fitness Festival! With plenty of fun activities, vendors, competitions and group fitness classes to enjoy, we’re confident that there’s something for every active Colorado resident at our exercise event. We’ll be updating our website with more event details as June 30th gets closer, but until then, you can learn about one of Colorado’s premier fitness events by visiting here.

For more inspiration on what you can do to get active outside until our celebration at CSU, continue reading on below.


We’ve praised hiking in our previous blog posts, and for good reason. This activity is a worthwhile use of time and combines the best of low-impact cardiovascular exercise with the stunning sights of nature. Taking in the incredible scenery offers a moment of reflection and solitude for our lives, or it’s also a great opportunity to catch up with a friend that you haven’t seen in awhile.

However you approach your next hiking experience, you’re guaranteed to have a good time – just make sure to bring snacks, water, a raincoat, sunscreen, boots and other standard hiking essentials. Oh, and don’t forget a camera, because you might even see some wildlife when you’re out and about on the trail.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing might not be meant for those with a crippling fear of heights (it happens to the best of us), but we can assure you that those ropes and harnesses are there for a good reason. Not only is rock climbing a great way to burn some calories and conquer the cliff face in front of you, but it’s also one of the best arm, back and forearm workouts in existence. Plus, if you’re worried about the climb being too difficult, climbing routes are usually graded so you can level up the challenge as you see fit.


Geocaching isn’t typically seen as a way to exercise, per say, but doesn’t a real-life treasure hunt sound like a total blast? By using GPS-enabled devices, participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (usually a container of some kind) hidden at that particular location. If you bike, run or even just briskly walk to your given GPS coordinates, you’ll be getting a cardio workout that’s just as effective as geocaching is fun.

Dancing Of All Kinds

From salsa dancing to hip-hop and swing, dancing is a fantastic way to burn some calories and put the liquid courage from all that booze to use. You’ve probably noticed that all of these activities we’ve mentioned are nothing short of fun, and dancing might even be the most fun out of everything we’ve mentioned! While most dance classes or free salsa dancing lessons are usually indoors, there’s no law against dancing outside. Well, if there is, then that’s pretty lame.

Go On A Bike Ride

Biking is fun, fairly simple, burns a lot of calories, and it’s also a pretty efficient way to get around town. So what’s not to love? Fort Collins, Denver, and Boulder are also some of the most bike-friendly places in the United States, so if you live in one of these areas along the Front Range of Colorado, you might as well take advantage of that.

Move On Down To The Fort Collins Fitness Festival!

Our first annual fitness event embraces all of these outdoor activities and more, so why not be a part of this historic Fort Collins community event? For more fitness event ideas and general fitness inspiration, hop on over to this page.

Learn More About Our Fitness Festival Here