Wide Open Spaces: Where to Work Out Without the Crowds
If you’ve attempted to run, bike, rollerblade or whatever in Center City lately, you’ve no doubt spent a good portion of your time dodging mobs. Because that’s no fun at all, here are four off-the-beaten-path ways to break a sweat away from the crowds.
For a run that’ll actually clear your head …
Try: The trails at Tyler State Park
Stick to the gloriously wide (and shaded!) paved path, take a detour on the wooded, hilly trails, or mix and match your miles in this beautiful state park in Newtown. Bonus: You can take a dip in the Neshaminy Creek mid-run to cool off.
For a super-relaxing yoga sesh …
Try: Yoga in the Vineyard at Penns Woods Winery
What pairs perfectly with a glass of chardonnay? Yoga. Next weekend, on the 25th, Delco-based instructor Merry-Lita Bliss will host a yoga-class-cum-wine-tasting at this Chadds Ford winery. $35.
For boot camp as the Good Lord intended it …
Try: Full Body Boot Camp at the Cynwyd Heritage Trail
Because burpees are best done in the Great Outdoors, there’s this: Valley Forge Fitness’s head-to-toe drill-down on a tucked-away trail in Bala Cynwyd. Expect to work hard and sweat like crazy. Classes meet on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at East Levering Mill Road and Belmont Avenue. $20.
For fun on two wheels …
Try: Mountain biking at Blue Marsh Lake
The 90-minute trek from Center City to this trail near Reading is well worth it. The 30-mile loop circles the lake and includes stream crossings and lots of steep, short climbs—and fast, fun downhills. You won’t get bored by the scenery, either: Trail segments run through fields and woods and along the water.