Going to college in Philadelphia has probably been one of the best decisions I have made thus far. Living in a bigger city has taught me to appreciate more of my surroundings and use them to my advantage! Whether it’s 15 degrees or 85 degrees outside, there’s always so much to do around the city. Big cities are great locations to stay active with little to no cost! Here are four spots around Philadelphia that will help you get up and move.
1—The Rocky Steps. The first thing that comes to mind when many people think of Philadelphia is the famous “Rocky Steps.” These steps are located right in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum, so right after a good workout you can go and look at some art! Looking for a great workout that will make you sweat? Try a HIIT workout up the steps by doing an active movement (like squat jumps or sprints) for 30 seconds and resting for another 30 seconds!
2—Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive. Take a 10-minute walk from the Art Museum and you’ll find yourself at Boathouse Row! The boathouses line the Schuylkill River, which has an eight-mile-long running and jogging trail. Whether it’s biking, rollerblading, or even just taking a casual stroll this is a great location for those who want a nice scenic workout. Pop in your favorite headphones and get to it!
3—Your Move Sculpture at the Municipal Services Building. This location doubles as a great photo op for Instagram, as well as a scenic location to work out. The sculptures around the municipal services building aren’t just for show, however, they are also great to use as props for your workout. All of these pieces are elevated, which is great for adding jump squats and push-ups into your routine. So get dressed in your best athleisure and head on over.
4—IndeGo Bike Rental This last one isn’t exactly free, but it’s close enough! Blue bikes, called IndeGo bikes are all around the city. For $10 an hour you can rent one, so why not bike around the fifth-largest city in America? Be sure to wear your fitness tracker to see how hard you’re working while also having fun.
With these four hot spots right at your fingertips, it’s time to start moving! To save time on your workout, a helpful tip is to write out your daily workout before heading to the gym or the great outdoors. Living in a big city doesn’t have to be intimidating, just remember even walking around Philadelphia is a workout in itself, so pop in your headphones and get moving!
Where do you like to workout in your city? Let me know in the comments below!