Sometimes it’s a really difficult to schedule in time for activity. Maybe you have an hour in the morning, or maybe you only have 10 minutes. But if you have a weekend, you have more than enough time to challenge yourself physically and keep yourself in shape. If you think you can’t do much for your fitness goals in a day, think again. Below are some fun ideas for fitness day trips that will be a serious challenge, bring out your inner warrior, and help keep you in shape and achieve your fitness goals this year.

Take a Hike

Hiking is a great way to keep yourself in shape, and it challenges your entire body. No matter where you live, chances are there are some great hiking opportunities around you that you don’t even know about. When many people think of hiking, they think about mountains, and the mountains really are a great place to find some hiking opportunities. But did you know that deserts, beaches, and even some marshes have great hiking opportunities as well? With just a little bit of research you can find some great hiking opportunities in your area that you can do with friends, or by yourself. Always take safety precautions and heed to the guidance of local authorities and park signs, and take your phone, identification, and some food and water with you.

Compete in a Triathlon

When you train for a triathlon, you train your entire body. While you might think that you don’t have the time for regular training, this might actually be the case. If you start early enough, ensuring that there are several months between the time you start training and the actual event, you can actually train for a triathlon by focusing the bulk of your training on the weekends. This may not be an ideal method of training, that you’re a person who has regular demands, not an Olympic athlete. By taking 30 to 60 minutes on a few weekdays to get in some training, and then engaging in 2 to 4 hour training sessions on the weekend, you can still achieve your goals, challenge yourself, and reach a whole new level of fitness by being a weekend warrior.

Fish Out Of Water

Do you like to swim? If so, you might just be a fish out of water that needs a nice long dose of swimming during the weekend. If this sounds like you, find a body of water nearby that is relatively safe, but has several miles of swimming opportunity. Usually, lakes are great for this, but if you are well-versed in safety precautions, beaches and other bodies of water might be suitable, as well. When you prepare for your weekend swim, choose the day in which you have very little going on, like Saturday. Then, challenge yourself to see how far you can swim in one go. Always follow safety precautions, of course, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself a little bit, either. Of course, if you can’t swim, or you are not used to swimming outside of a pool, you might want to take this challenge indoors and take several laps in an indoor swimming pool, or skip it altogether.

Bicycle Built for One

Another great way to stay in shape is to go on a long-distance bike ride. Be sure to take along plenty of fuel and hydration, your identification, and a cell phone. This is particularly important if you’re going to be out in nature, or off the beaten path. Wherever you choose to do it, going all long-distance bike ride, particularly one that has a lot of hills, can really help you stay in shape. The best part is you really only need a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday in order to do it. Even if all you can fit in during the week is a 15 or 20 minute bike ride or jog, taking a 2 to 4 hour bike ride one day a week over challenging terrain can go a long way to keeping you in shape and helping you reach your fitness goals.

No matter which of these ideas you decide to follow, or even if you’ve been inspired to come up with your own fitness challenge, being a weekend warrior with your fitness is completely valid. While regular exercise is extremely important, sometimes you just can’t get in the level of challenging activity you would like during the week. In this case, it is completely acceptable to transfer some of the time you would like to spend during the week into endurance activity on the weekend. In fact, if you like to run, training for a marathon might be the perfect fit, because you have short runs during the week and a long run on the weekend. But whatever you choose to do, some in your inner warrior and challenge yourself on a weekly basis. Bring family and friends along to make it a fun filled day trip that will help keep all of you in shape, happy, and healthy.