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4 Parks in Columbia Perfect for Your Next Outdoor Workout (Plus a Bonus Workout!)

Posted by Heather N. on December 30, 2016


Things can start to get a little stuffy in the winter time. People get cold and tend to want to stay inside. After a while, you may get a bout of cabin fever and start to feel cooped up, so why not take your workout outdoors, get some fresh, crisp air, and have some fun!

Taking your workout outdoors is beneficial in many ways. You'll get your dose of Vitamin D from the sun, have plenty of room to move, and even prevent yourself from getting a case of the blues.

Check Out These 4 Parks Below for an Awesome Outdoor Workout:

1) Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park

outdoor-workoutIf you like to run or even walk, this park may be just what you're looking for. There is a great running trail that gives you a beautiful view of the river and a lot of nature. Bicycles are also allowed on the trail if you'd rather go for a ride, and if you like to run with your dog, they are allowed at the park too. So bring fido with you!


2) Greenview Park and Pool

Though it may be too cold for the pool part, the park has plenty to offer in the cold season. Take a walk or run down their paved trail, or even get a game of tennis on at one of their 9 tennis courts. The park also has a playground, and you know what playground equipment is good for? All sorts of bodyweight exercises!


3) Granby Park

This park has a lot to offer the outdoor exercise-er. From bike trails to plenty of walking space and room to move and run. Granby is a dog-friendly park with bridges, boardwalks, and overlooks, so you will have a great view on your walk or run. You'll find stairs to climb and even plenty of benches to do a few stretches or maybe even some dips. Full body workout? Hello!


4) Riverfront Park

If you are looking to get a good workout in other than a walk or run, then you're definitely going to like this park. Riverfront Park not only has a walkway, but it also has an outdoor gym. That's right. They have a chest press, a leg press, an elliptical trainer, and more! So you can get a full body workout in the beautiful outdoors. Sounds fun!


Try This Quick Outdoor Workout!

Find yourself a nice grassy area and run in place for 3-5 minutes, or do some dynamic stretching to warm-up, then complete the following routine:

  • 15 Squats
  • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Push-ups (from the knees or toes)
  • 10 Lunges (per leg)
  • 15 Tricep Dips (from a park bench)
  • 30 Second Mountain Climbers (you can put your hands on a park bench for an inclined variation)
  • 10 Step-ups per leg (on a park bench)

Complete the circuit 3 times total, then cool down and hold some stretches.

Enjoy that fresh air!


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