(Sub)Urban Workouts for City Folks

cityexerciseHiking, rafting, and mountain climbing are all adventurous ways to get a workout. Unfortunately for those of us who live in more metro areas, speed bumps can’t compare to mountains and open fire hydrants have nothing on a pristine lake.

So what are the urban versions of fun exercise?  Well, let me tell you, there are a lot! Put on your “kid” helmet and get out there and play!

For instance, biking isn’t just for the Big Wheel set so don’t brush it off. Two-wheeling is great option, not only as a workout, but with gas prices hitting the roof, biking is a great, affordable alternative to your current mode of motorized transportation.  Another way to look at it is that if you are going to spend 30 minutes in traffic anyways, you might as well spend that same amount of time doing something good for your health.

If you haven’t biked much since you first took off the training wheels a few years ago, you might want to check out this site. Here, Livestrong.com addresses bike safety which is as important for adults, as it is for kids!

Inline skating is another option for an urban workout and can be done on sidewalks or walking paths. It is an invigorating, fun form of exercise. Before setting out on your first skating expedition, read this article, “The Top Seven Mistakes of Beginning Inline Skaters” and remember to practice in a safe place until you get comfortable.

Then there is walking. Basic? Yes. Effective? YES!

Walking can be as equally enjoyable in a more urban environment as it is in less-populated areas. Trek the city or ‘burbs with a goal in mind, like a certain store, landmark or park. As you’re making your way from Point A to Point B, seek out every day objects along your path, like a bench, steps or even a tree, and transform each into a versatile piece of exercise equipment to complement your walking workout. Become an urban sidewalk explorer, one that is open to new experiences and new people.

I’ll be the first to admit that very little beats the openness of nature when I do get the chance to escape city life. Changing my views of my immediate environment, though, has opened up new workout opportunities for me right in my own neighborhood. Look around, lace up those shoes (or skates) and conquer!