Physical fitness positively affects every area of your life, including your job or your job search. Because we at Masiello Employment want you to be and feel your best—and we know you might not have access to (or interest in!) a gym—we’re sharing our Top 9 Ways to Exercise Outside.  Our geographic location lends itself well to outdoor activity, plus it’s more fun than being trapped indoors. So get outside!

Skiing/Cross-Country Skiing. We live in a part of the world where winter means snow. To maintain sanity, you’ve got to embrace the white stuff, especially when it comes to outdoor exercise. While probably not reasonable for daily exercise, skiing/cross-country skiing is a good way to burn some calories, and tone your legs, whenever you can hit the trails. Investment: Skis/Ski Rental, Appropriate Attire, Helmet, Chair Lift Pass

Walking. Whether you are new to exercise or not, walking is a tried-and-true way to get your blood pumping. Depending on where you live, it’s also a chance to appreciate nature, meet your neighbors, or learn more about your town. Over time, you’ll find your pace quickens so the distance covered increases as the time walking stays the same. Investment: Sneakers, Nighttime/Safety Reflective Gear 

Hiking. Walking’s woodsy cousin, a hike is just a walk, in nature, that often includes some incline. Pick trails that match your ability and then challenge yourself over time. Be sure to have a hiking buddy or be clear with someone about where you’re going and when you should be back. Investment: Hiking Shoes, Possibly a Walking Stick and Backpack, Also Something Orange to Wear During Hunting Season

Snow-Shoeing. When the landscape turns white, strapping on a pair of snow-shoes gives you the ability to walk in an area where you’d otherwise sink into the snow. Because snow-shoeing is usually enjoyed in a field or along a trail, it’s a cross between winter walking and hiking. Investment: Snow-Shoes, Winter Attire

Running. Running burns more calories than walking or hiking, but it also puts more stress on your body. Start slowly and only continue if the experience is an overall positive one. Investment: Running Sneakers, Appropriate Attire, Nighttime/Safety Reflective Gear

Cycling. Feeling the rush of the wind in your face as you cycle around town is an exhilarating experience. While you can certainly start out with a nothing-special bike, if you become an enthusiast you’ll want to get matched with a genuine cycling bike that fits your body and doesn’t put unnecessary stress on your knees. Investment: Bike, Helmet, Gloves, Nighttime/Safety Reflective Gear 

Kayaking. A great upper-body workout, kayaking lets you glide in the water with the greatest of ease. Like skiing, this is probably a once-in-a-while exercise, so supplement as needed; and, like hiking, you should consider inviting a friend to join you or making sure someone knows where you’re going and when you’re expected back. Investment: Kayak/Kayak Rental, Appropriate Attire, Safety Gear

Swimming. In a lake, pond, or backyard pool, swimming is a low-impact way to tone your entire body. To get the best workout, distance yourself from the distractions of frolicking friends and do laps or simply tread water for longer and longer periods of time. Investment: Bathing Suit, Possibly Goggles, Swim Cap, Kick Board

 Outdoor Boot-Camp. Typically a seasonal pursuit, an Outdoor Boot-Camp pairs you with a trainer and like-minded students and challenges you to accomplish a series of exercises that get more and more difficult each week. As a group exercise, you might also find an increase in your good health not just from the workouts but the camaraderie. Investment: Registration Fee, Sneakers, Appropriate Attire

Together, work and working out help define the quality of your life. If you are looking for beyond-the-gym ways to work-out, we sincerely hope you commit to one, or a combination, of these outdoor exercises. Your mind and body will thank you.