Five Ways to Stay Active in the Cleveland Area

Five Ways to Stay Active in the Cleveland Area

Cleveland is one of those unique cities that offers incredible year-round opportunities to stay active and fit. The lake, the extensive system of metro and national parks, and miles of flat surfaces all come together to provide the ideal playground for sports enthusiasts of all kinds.

Here at Allied Integrative Health & Wellness, we like to team up with our Cleveland patients to ensure their physical and mental well-being through fun activities that engage the mind, body, and soul.

To get you started, here are five great activities to help you stay fit while you get out and explore the Cleveland area.

1. Bike to work

Let’s kick this off with biking to work since the third Friday of each May is National Bike to Work Day. Cleveland is a great place to ride a bike and, according to Bike Cleveland, it’s getting even better. To start, the city passed the Bicycle Transportation Safety Ordinance, which requires drivers to give cyclists three feet while passing. While much still needs to be done, bike stations and designated bike paths are on the rise, making biking to work more of a reality.

So why not join the movement this month and hop on your bike to get to work? Cleveland is fairly flat, making cycling to work far more pleasant than, say, tackling the Alps in the Tour de France.

2. The Towpath Trail

The National Park Service has opened up a unique opportunity for hikers, bikers, and runners on The Towpath Trail, which winds through Cuyahoga Valley National Park following the historic route of the Ohio and Erie canal. The trail is paved, and from April to October you can bicycle, run, or walk one way and take the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad back with the Bike Aboard program. For just $5 for bikers and $9 for hikers and runners, you can get your exercise in while wandering through beautiful countryside and then sit back and enjoy a train ride back, catching sites you may have missed. For more information, visit the website here.

3. The Great Lake

One of the greatest things about living in Cleveland is that giant body of water that flanks the city. Lake Erie offers an amazing amount of recreational opportunities, including kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, both of which are great ways to stay fit. Cleveland Metroparks has teamed up with 41° North Coastal Kayak Adventures, which offers kayak and paddleboard rentals. Why not try out a new activity this summer that, literally, takes you off the beaten path?

4. Physical fitness trails

There are trails, and then there are physical fitness trails. Cleveland Metroparks offers several physical fitness trails ranging from a mile to a mile and a half, outfitted with stations where you can stop and do sit-ups, leg lifts, pull-ups, and more. Each trail has 18 stations with illustrated instructions for using the equipment. The trails are located throughout the Metroparks, and a quick visit to their website points you to one near you.

5. Say ohm

If you want to try out yoga, Cleveland Metroparks is, once again, a great resource. The park system offers yoga sessions throughout the warmer months, many of which are combined with a hike afterward.

If you want to really challenge yourself, why not combine stand-up paddleboarding and yoga? Check out www.supcleveland.com for a schedule of classes.

Staying active in Cleveland is easy when you know where to look. Why not explore some of the great opportunities the city has to offer to help you stay active and fit -- and maybe develop a new passion. If you have any questions about fitness, please don’t hesitate to call us or use the online scheduling tool on this website to book an appointment.

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