Not quite in shape or tired of the same old treadmill? According to CNN Health, 7 out of 10 American adults do not exercise regularly. There is no need to become a marathon runner or a gym rat to be considered healthy. Simply exercising for 30 minutes each day for 5 days a week can greatly improve your health status. Increased exercise can reduce stress levels, create energy, boost your metabolism, and so much more. Summer is the perfect time to head outdoors and get a little exercise while actually enjoying it. Not to mention the cost of enjoying all the outdoors of the Northland is relatively cheap or costs nothing at all! So hit the trails, grab a bike, or lace up the tennis shoes and take a look at what the Northland has to offer:
- The Duluth Lakewalk has a smooth 7.3 mile pathway that is great for walking, running, biking, or rollerblading. This pathway has great scenery of downtown Duluth and Lake Superior.
- The Duluth area has over 160 miles of trails including 40 miles of the national North Country/Superior Hiking Trails. Several of these trails are for all recreation.
- The Northland has 8 State Parks including Gooseberry Falls State Park and Jay Cooke State Park. Great for taking a hike and enjoying the scenery.
- Can’t beat the heat? Head up the North Shore and rent a kayak and take a trip through the Lake Superior Water Trail.
- Enjoy the adrenaline of competition and running? The Northland has several races throughout the summer. From 5ks in Duluth, Hibbing, & Superior to Grandma’s Marathon along the North Shore ending in Duluth.
- Prefer to stay in your own neighborhood? Many gyms and organizations have walking/running clubs that meet weekly and take their exercise outside!
These are only a few outdoor activity suggestions. Check out the links above for more information and ideas!