Feb 132017

If you are finding it hard to work out or need to spice up your everyday routine, try hosting a fitness scavenger hunt! This creative idea can be hosted at any time during the year, and all it requires is a little planning. The main idea is that you jog or run to find items on your scavenger hunt list as opposed to walking around the block. You can have fun, workout, and challenge your friends!

Choose the Right Location

The first thing is to pick the right location. You would like the area to be large enough to have room to exercise while running around to collect items. It should obviously be safe and be available during the daytime.

Scavenger Hunt Location Ideas:

  • Parks
  • Beaches
  • Field
  • Large backyards
  • Downtown area (one with lots of benches, walkways, parks, or historic monuments that you can use as stops on your adventure, etc.).

Plan Your Scavenger Hunt

There are two types of fitness scavenger hunts that you can create. You could either choose items that you would typically find in the area of your event (for example, trees, flowers, benches, etc.), or you could have someone place items in various locations beforehand. The second choice may work better since you can guarantee that you will find the items on your list.

Think of it like an Easter egg hunt. You could even use plastic eggs and fill them with slips of paper that say what type of exercise that you have to do when you find them. Make sure everyone has a list of the items to be grabbed, and prepare a few prizes for your winners!

What to Do During the Scavenger Hunt

This isn’t JUST a running activity. The goal is to do various workouts between every item that you collect. For example, the first step requires 20 jumping jacks after finding the first item. Try calf raises, high knees, burpees, planks, sprints, squats, lunges, and push-ups.

Sample Scavenger Hunt at a Park

  1. Find a bench and do 10 jumping jacks.
  2. Look for a pile of leaves and do 5 push-ups.
  3. Jog to a water fountain for a break and do 15 burpees.
  4. Do high knees until you find a crack in the sidewalk.
  5. Sprint to a bike rack.

You can also bring “extras” to add other types of activity to your scavenger hunt. For example, you could bring small hand weights, hula hoops, balance balls, or resistance bands. Extra tasks for those items could include:

  1. Do 10 curls with hand weights.
  2. Jog to a designated area to complete a 15 second plank before hula hooping for 2 minutes.

Make sure to designate a “start” and “stop” location, and ensure that all participants play fair! You can create a Facebook event to let guests know that gist of your event, or you could start a group text message. Friendly competition is encouraged! Form teams if you would like and encourage everyone to wear their team colors.

How would you create your own scavenger hunt?

  83 Responses to “How to Host a Fitness Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Oh this is such a wonderful idea. Incorporating fitness into something fun!

  2. I should probably do this. Especially now, when I plan to stuff my face with chocolate. I do jog daily, but my arms are looking flabby, so I need to start lifting. Or something.

  3. Oh wow! That is a great idea! We live in Georgia, so our scavenger hunts could get way off the beaten path. I should do this.

  4. I should totally do this with my friends! Of course, here in the southwest, we’ll have to make sure the weather is cool so we don’t all wilt!

  5. OMG this is so darn cute- I do not exercise but I would totally do this. I’d be the last one showing up but totally in!

  6. Scavenger hunts are so much fun and adding fitness into the mix really amps things up. This would be fun to do with my family and friends.

  7. What a great idea, I would never have thought of doing this!

  8. This would be a fun activity for team building in the office. Since our work makes us sit in front of the computer for extended hours at a time, an activity like this can make us squeeze in some exercise!

  9. This is a cute and fun idea! I would love to participate in one of these. It would even bee okay to bring my dog because I’d be running to different spots so much that he’d get exercise too.

  10. This sounds like a fun way to workout. Once the nice spring weather arrives I will have to try this with my girlfriends.

  11. What an absolutely brilliant idea! I can imagine this would be a fun thing to do with the kids too! Something to think about when the warmer weather arrives.

  12. This looks like it would be a fun way to get active. Great idea for my teenage daughters parties too!

  13. I definitely want to get more into exercising this summer and a Fitness Scavenger Hunt seems like a great way to keep a routine interesting. I’ll definitely propose this to my husband.

  14. That is so cool! I’ve actually never heard of a fitness scavenger hunt. I think this is the best idea ever!

  15. Now this is something I would love! I am trying to make exercise more fun and one of my favorite games is a scavenger hunt! I am totally doing this! It would be a blast tot do!

  16. Awesome!! I love this! I used to love scavenger hunts in high school and haven’t done one since… this type is the perfect one! Especially since I’m trying to be more active and fit! Thanks for the amazing idea!

  17. This idea is so unique and why didn’t I think of it. I am always looking for ways to get my jogging group to add life to our workout because running the same way day after day can be monotonous. I will try it in the parks we run in with the foliage that grows here.

  18. I’ve never heard of a fitness scavenger hunt. I think this sounds like great fun and a wonderful way to stay fit. I’m going to share this idea with some of my friends.

  19. What a fun idea. I admit I kinda stink at scavenger hunts myself, but this one sounds like one I would like to do!

  20. I think it would be nice to do it as a group. I agree friendly competition is good! 🙂

  21. That is a good idea to mix things up with an outdoor fitness routine. And a fun fit activity to do with a group.

  22. This would be wonderful for adults and kids. Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt.

  23. What a fun way to get everyone together and be active! It beats a spinning class! I would love doing something like this with my friends!

  24. Oh gosh I could totally see my sister-in-law and I doing this while on vacation! I would never have thought to do a scavenger hunt!

  25. This is such a great idea. What a fun and creative way to get the whole family or your friends exercising.

  26. I am always encouraging my friends to get out and exercise. This is a perfect way to fool them into exercising. It can be fun!

  27. Scavenger hunts can be so much fun when you get creative! Thanks for the ideas!

  28. I love love love this idea. I think this is going to be my next party.

  29. This is such an awesome idea! What fun for a couple’s party or even a girls night out! I love how you incorporate fitness into it!

  30. I could definitely use something like this. It would get me out of the house and that is always a good thing.

  31. In Florida the leaves are everywhere still. I would probably being doing that exercise every five seconds.

  32. So fun! I want to do this once it warms up. It would be a great girls day for me and my friends.

  33. This looks like it would be a lot of fun. I am always looking for different ways to get outside and get active.

  34. A scavenger hunt sounds like so much fun. I have not done one of those since I was a kid.

  35. I think this is a great idea! Perfect places to be active!!

  36. I think this is a great idea! Perfect places to be active when it is warmer.

  37. I have been trying to get more into fitness lately and this seems like it would be a really fun way to do so!

  38. I love the idea of a fitness Scavenger Hunt. It would make working out with the kids fun for them. I will have to start planning.

  39. I am always looking for ways to make working out fun. I have been trying to up my workouts and a Scavenger Hunt sounds perfect.

  40. A fitness scavenger hunt would be fun to do with your girlfriends! I think it’s awesome to pick a location that everyone will love, like the beach. These are great ideas! Thanks for putting together a very good guide.

  41. This sounds like such a fun way to encourage exercise! We used to do scavenger hunts in high school when I ran Cross Country! It was a great way to forget we were running so much!

  42. Ooh, I like your ideas. This could be a super fun idea with some good planning. Adding fitness to the mix is always good!

  43. Very clever! If only excercise could always be so fun!

  44. I haven’t heard of a fitness scavenger hunt before, but now I want to do one. What fun!

  45. This sounds like fun. I’ve never tried this before but it is a great idea to stay fit!

  46. What a creative way to get us more active. I love the ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  47. I absolutely have no idea what a fitness scavenger hunt is! Sorry for the ignorance. But having been introduced here, I do think it sounds like a lot of fun!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  48. This sounds like quite an adventure and well worth participating in. Thank you for the great ideas.

  49. I was in a fitness challenge once an it was so helpful in gearing my mind towards desire to keep going. I love this. Yes! Scavenger hunts for fitness are a good idea.

  50. I’ve never tried it, it looks really fun and amazing

  51. This is a great idea and it sounds so fun! I would love to try it with my family! 😀 Thanks for sharing these!

  52. What a really fun activity! It can be hard to break the fitness monotony of the treadmill for me so I will try this!

  53. Sounds so fun! My kids will surely enjoy this!

  54. i go to the gym a lot and do some of the same things over and over. this would be a great way to get an awesome workout and have fun. i am so down with this

  55. This is like the healthy version of a drinking game, lol. I love it!

  56. This is a really cool idea and definitely one that we would love to try out! I can’t believe we haven’t done a fitness scavenger hunt!

  57. This looks like a fun way to get a workout in.
    I will have to take note of this scavenger hunt idea!

  58. I’ve always wanted to do a scavenger hunt type of deal. I loved the show Amazing Race and so I would pattern mine after that show.

  59. Sounds fun. Everyone is so much into fitness these days, that, its going to be a blast.

  60. What a fun idea! A great way to stay in shape and have some fun with friends.

  61. What a fun idea to do with friends. And kids could be playing on playground equipment while the moms do this.

  62. I have never heard of this before. I really enjoy the idea and think this would be a fun way to get the kids more involved in being active!

  63. My family and I love running or exercising in general. I think it would be really fun to host something like this with the kids and their friends’ families!

  64. This is such a fun idea! I’ve never done anything like this but it would be great to host and get some excercise in

  65. This is such a fun idea! I’ve never done anything like this but it would be great to host and get some excercise in.

  66. How much fun is this though? I love the sound of a scavenger hunt but have never actually been on one! I don’t think they are that popular here in the UK to be fair. This sounds like a great day out! x

  67. This is such a fun idea. I think this would be great for the kids to bring some fun to a day at the park too.

  68. Sounds like a fabulous workout! I want to try this out and get my butt in gear. This winter has killed my motivation, but Spring is right around the corner and I’m starting to feel the urge to get more active.

  69. Fabulous workout! I want to try this out and get my butt in gear. This winter has killed my motivation, but Spring is right around the corner and I’m starting to feel the urge to get more active.

  70. This is such a great idea! I am feeling SO unmotivated now that we’re deep in the middle of winter… something like this would be such a fun way to break up the monotony. I just need to make sure it doesn’t end at a bar, because that would undo all the hard work haha!

  71. I love elaborate ideas like this! Seriously, how fun. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  72. Oh wow, this is so cool, I will try it this weekend. Who would have thought! I have really enjoyed this post. must must must try.

  73. This is a great idea! I need to start working out again ASAP!

  74. This is such a fun idea! I’ve never done a scavenger hunt before but a fitness themed one sounds like one I would really enjoy.

  75. That sounds like fun and it sounds healthy. What a great way to beef up an otherwise boring workout routine.

  76. What a great idea! This makes fitness fun and enjoyable! You can include your friends to have exercise as a game!

  77. These are always so much fun! I haven’t participated in one in a long time though!

  78. Scavenger hunt is so much fun as a team building activity!!!

  79. This really sounds like something I’d like to do. I know my brother would also like to participate.

  80. Love these ideas.. Fun ways to keep our body active, healthy and meeting friends.

  81. My boys love Scavenger Hunts. I did the one you talked about at a bookstore. They loved it. This looks fun too!

  82. This is such an fun way to incorporate exercising in your daily routine. I should give this a try with my friends should be really fun 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this 🙂