With so many specialty gyms popping up these days, it can seem almost unaffordable to get into the swing of a new workout routine. But there’s a whole world out there that’s ready and waiting to welcome fitness activities of all kinds: the great outdoors! Even in more urban environments, there are always a few hidden gems perfect for exploring, getting fit, and breathing in the fresh air! In the spirit of spring to come, here’s a few of our favorite outdoor workout spots that won’t cost you a dime.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater: Morrison, CO
Okay, so we might be a little biased since this naturally formed wonder happens to reside in our home state of Colorado — but we promise, it is all it’s cracked up to be. Just 10 miles west of Denver, Red Rocks is known worldwide for its unparalleled acoustic experience, playing host to many of the nation’s top musical acts each year. But what many people don’t know is that it’s also the home of some incredible hiking and biking trails available to the public from dawn ’til dusk. Even the amphitheater itself can get the blood pumping as visitors (and their pets!) can walk, run, skip or yoga their way up, down and across its 380 steps.
The Greenbelt: Staten Island, NY
A natural reprieve from the concrete jungle of Manhattan, Staten Island’s Greenbelt is three times the size of Central Park and encompasses nearly 3,000 acres of forests, meadows, wetlands, ponds, and parks for visitors to enjoy. Hiking, biking, kayaking and even casual bird-watching walks are all fair game, and with miles and miles of trails, there’s truly something for every skill level. Each part of the trail system varies in difficulty, so you can amp up the intensity, or opt for a more casual stroll whenever the mood strikes.
The 606 Park and Trail: Chicago, IL
What used to be an abandoned rail line in the heart of the Chicago is now an elevated trail system that joins 4 of its most diverse neighborhoods, and all they have to offer. Visitors can browse art installations, shred at a skatepark, jog, rollerblade or walk their dogs through miles and miles of interconnected traps and parks and enjoy a natural retreat from the urban grind.
With so many great places to explore around the country, we couldn’t possibly cover them all in one list. Do you have a favorite outdoor workout spot? Tell us about it on Facebook!