Exercising is easy for some, but a chore for many others. One way to make your routine more enjoyable is going somewhere both fun and scenic. We’ve rounded up a few of the region’s best places to exercise, and enjoy the local flavor at the same time.
What can’t you do at North Park? With running trails galore, athletic fields, ice skating rink, a ropes course and even kayaking, there’s something to keep everyone active and fit. The family-focused park is the perfect place to spend time with those you love against one of the area’s most scenic backdrops. Want to make a day of it? Make sure to stop by “Over the Bar” for lunch or dinner after your workout.
Great Allegheny Passage
The granddaddy of all bike trails, the Great Allegheny Passage offers you miles upon miles of flat biking and jogging trails. Billed as “America’s Friendliest Trail,” the passage starts at the Point in Pittsburgh, and extends 150 miles to Cumberland, Maryland, where it links up with the C&O trail that leads you all the way to Washington, DC.
While you don’t have to take it quite that far, exploring the trail for the day, or an afternoon or weekend, is a great experience while keeping active. Camping is permitted at various spots along the trail, and there is plenty to explore along the way—even if you never leave Allegheny County!
Frick Park is absolutely massive! Maybe you’ve noticed the tennis courts from the road, or driven through the beautiful woods on Forbes Avenue, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Dig a little deeper and you’ll soon forget you’re in the middle of a major city! A 30-minute hike on one of the park’s many trails will leave you feeling like you’re in the wilderness.
The city’s largest park also offers fitness areas and a dog park for you to exercise the way you want to. Once you’re finished, don’t forget to check out the new environmental center ,or take in the local flavor of adjacent neighborhoods like Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze or Regent Square.
Schenley Park and Plaza
Take it from the college students, Schenley Park and Plaza are the perfect places for recreation and staying fit. In addition to its beautiful scenery, the park offers plenty of hiking and biking trails, a sports complex, disc golf, a golf course, and special programs all year long. Don’t miss yoga sessions in the plaza!
The best part about Schenley Park might be its proximity to some of the city’s greatest attractions, including Phipps Conservatory, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Pitt and Carnegie Mellon and a ton of great shops and restaurants. Walking around Oakland might even be its own workout for you!
Open Streets Pittsburgh
If you like a little variety in your run or bike ride, Open Streets Pittsburgh is the perfect solution. With rotating locations around the city, Open Streets closes down major streets throughout the city on select Sundays. That means you can explore new areas of town while still getting your exercise routine in.
Enjoy live music, street vendors and all the local shops and restaurants along the way! Routes include Lawrenceville, The Strip District, South Side, Shadyside, and many more!
Fitness Starts with a Healthy Body
At Choice Restorative Medicine, we understand how important staying fit is. That’s why we encourage our patients to maintain active lifestyles. We help you keep going strong, no matter if you’re runner or athlete, a gardner or an expectant mother. We have treatments suited for your specific needs. Contact us for more information.