When it comes to fitness, especially while travelling, many people make it a priority to get their workouts in while on the road. Many Chicago hotels have fantastic gyms full of all of the equipment you could ever dream of allowing you to get a complete workout without ever stepping foot outside.
But what’s the fun in that?
Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you should actually get out and see some of it while visiting, and if you can get a workout in at the same time, it’s a win-win. To help you find some great ways to explore the city while staying active, I have partnered with Expedia to highlight some unique and fun ways to combine fitness and sightseeing.
Get a Workout in Chicago Without Hitting the Gym
Yoga is hot, hot, hot right now and for good reason. It helps condition the body and the mind and can increase flexibility and help improve your overall fitness. But yoga doesn’t have to be done in a building with mirrors and calming music. You can enjoy Yoga at the Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo. This seasonal activity (June through September) boasts views of the Chicago skyline amid a backdrop of the natural zoo setting. If the zoo isn’t quite your speed, or you aren’t downtown, Yoga Rocks the Park classes are available at parks across the Chicagoland area. Yoga is also available in Millennium Park from June through September as well.
Rent a Bike
Chicago is a great city to see on a bicycle, and there are numerous places across the city where you can rent a bike for an hour or all day. Whether you want to ride along the lakeshore, check out downtown, or ride through the city parks, you can find bike rentals just about everywhere. Lakeshore Bike and Bike and Roll Chicago are 2 examples. You can rent bikes in Millennium Park, on Navy Pier, at the Riverwalk and more.
I mentioned Millennium Park already for Yoga in the Park and as a great place to rent a bike, but Millennium Park also has other activities that make it an ideal family-friendly place to enjoy the city all in one place. In addition to yoga, Millennium Park also has seasonal Zumba, Tai Chi and pilates classes. The 5-acre Lurie Garden provides plenty of space for walking or a jog, all the while offering a serene opportunity to enjoy the city from a unique, nature-filled perspective. There are daily cultural events at Millennium Park and the vast size makes it the perfect place for a dual-experience – staying active while enjoying the uniqueness and diversity that is Chicago. In the winter, Millennium Park offers free ice skating which is another family-friendly fitness activity.
Wellness in the Woods
Chicago is in the heart of Cook County surrounded by Forest Preserves. Wellness in the Woods is a new program that is helping people move their workouts outside into nature. Wellness in the Woods is a year-round program offering 2-hour sessions at select times and locations throughout the year. Each session is designed around the weather, and you may experience anything from dancing to cross-country skiing all the while using the natural and built forest features as an integral part of the workout.
If you prefer something less organized, there are 580 parks in the City of Chicago that you can explore and enjoy, and sightseeing on foot can really turn into quite a workout depending upon how much of the city you would like to see. The bottom line is that there are plenty of ways to experience the City of Chicago while getting in a good workout at the same time.
Besides, you simply must try some Chicago pizza while you are here, so this way you can enjoy it guilt-free!