Let’s be honest. If we were to play a word-association game, it would go something like this: I say “fitness.” You say “boring.” Why should something so potentially fun be a synonym for drudgery? Free your muscles and your mind with these global rut busters.

Worldwide

Worldwide
Background: Dirk Collins/Epicquest; clockwise from top right: W. Lewis, Clark Fyans, Michelle Guillermin,Dirk Collins, Michelle Guillermin, Ike Dana/Epicquest
Hang with the pros
In this new offering, EpicQuest concocts a fantasy formula: You revel in some of the planet’s greatest outdoor playgrounds accompanied by some of the planet’s greatest outdoor athletes. Kayak in Bhutan, surf in Indonesia, or heli-ski in Alaska’s remote Tordrillo Mountains (and stay at the stunning and remote Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, pictured here) and be joined by the likes of Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe or extreme-ski legend Jeremy Nobis. For summer fun try Kings & Corn: heli-skiing in the morning, heli-fishing (think 50-pound king salmon) in the afternoon, and — why not? — a late-night powder run under Alaska’s midnight sun. Desire something epically Epic? Customize your own adventure. (888) 983-3742, epicquest.com

Costa Rica

Costa Rica
Courtesy Bike Hike Adventures
Travel by Human Engine
BikeHike Adventures will take you by foot, mountain bike, and white-water raft from the Costa Rican fishing village of Quepos on the Pacific Coast to the town of Cahuita (which, incidentally, rests on the Caribbean coast some 150 miles away), and not once will you settle your duff into motorized transport. Perhaps aptly billed as a trip for “the physically fit and the insanely energetic,” going cross-country in Costa Rica requires an ascent and descent of the Continental Divide (you’ll peak at 7,650 feet) and the ability to appreciate pristine rain forest, mountains, and rivers that few visitors see. (888) 805-0061, bikehike.com

Belize

Belize
Courtesy Island Expeditions
Sea Kayak in Turquoise Waters
Guidebooks lavish praise upon Belize’s waters, and yet they still sell them short. Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve is a pristine atoll and protected World Heritage Site some 70 miles southeast of Belize City. Traveling on Island Expeditions’ Maya Reef Explorer Trip, you’ll explore the 20-mile-long, seven-mile-wide reserve — home to some 700 patch reefs and innumerable fish and coral — by sea kayak and snorkel, returning at night to a comfortable safari-style camp. An onsite marine biologist answers questions, but you’ll have to wrestle with your own definition for Belizean blue. (800) 667-1630, islandexpeditions.com

Utah

Utah
Courtesy Red Mountain Resort & Spa
Go on a Red Rockin’ Adventure
Cusped by red-rock canyons and mountains, Utah’s Red Mountain Resort and Spa near St. George (a two-hour drive from Las Vegas) offers up an adventure concierge who will arrange your fitness fun. Hike or horseback-ride among 7,000 acres of red-rock canyon just out the door (in Snow Canyon State Park), or sign on for a guided hike in two of the Southwest’s greatest gems — Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks. Learn to rock climb, canyoneer (basically climbing, scrabbling, and rappelling through narrow sculpted canyons), or mountain bike slick rock. Return for a massage and to dine on duck with wild Maine blueberries. (877) 246-4453, redmountainspa.com

Florida

Florida
Courtesy Zephyr Adventures
Skate Like a Kid Again
Roll past powdered-sugar beaches and alongside forest-draped rivers on Zephyr Adventures’ five-day in-line skating tour of the Gulf Coast environs surrounding Tampa. You’ll roll along user-friendly trails — the Sun Coast Trail, the Pinellas Trail — and relax in style at night (the Plantation Inn in Citrus Springs, the Yacht Harbor Inn in Dunedin), all the while inhaling Florida’s Gulf Coast area. Skate skills a tad rusty? No problem. Routes are flat, guides offer instruction, and each day’s itinerary offers short, medium, and long options. (888) 758-8687, zephyradventures.com