Exercise » Boston, MA

Exercise in Boston, MA

You could cover up that muffin top in a layer or two of fleece (we won't tell), but better to banish it for good -- while having a blast -- in the boxing ring, rugby field, or one of Boston's best gyms.
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Minuteman Bikeway

Enjoy a one-two punch of fresh air and awesome exercise as you ride along the Minuteman Bikeway, an 11-mile multi-use trail. The path starts in Somerville and swings by the Alewife MBTA station and Spy Pond. From there, the paved route follows an old Boston and Maine railroad line through Lexington and Bedford, skirting backyards, ball fields, parks and ponds, crossing bridges and even passing over Route 128. Downtown Lexington is a great place to stop for lunch (the path runs right behind the city center), and there are places to rent and repair bikes, and get cold drinks, all along the trail.

Blue Hills Reservation

Call it Boston's backyard -- just a short drive south of the city, the Blue Hills Reservation is a fabulous 6,000-acre park with challenging hiking (or mountain biking) trails and all the wilderness an outdoorsy gal could ask for. It has 125-miles of trails in a landscape that is surprisingly rugged (and totally gorgeous). Lace up those boots and hike along the blue-blazed, rocky Skyline Trail for killer views of Boston. Make this a habit and watch your quads get firm and fierce! With so many trails to choose from, boredom won't be an issue! Cool off afterwards with a dip in the reservoir.

Boston Boxing and Fitness

Bored with your usual workout routine? Ready to kick some serious boo-tay? Channel your inner Mark Wahlberg (aka "The Fighter") and sign up for a women's-only boxing class with Boston Boxing and Fitness. Although they train competitive and recreational boxers, you can do it strictly for the fitness aspects, not the full-on Hilary Swank! Ninety-minute classes focus on strength training and conditioning, which sounds far more mellow than what it really is -- a challenging, super-intense go at heavy bags and mitt work in the ring, followed by the most brutal ab workout of your life! With this one, you get it all, strength training, core work, explosion and speed training. Tough enough?

Boston Women's Rugby Football Club

If you dream of big tackles, beautiful offloads, and hitting gaps, have we got the club for you! Whether you're new to the sport of rugby or have been playing for a bazillion years, the BWRFC can use your skills. You'll get an amazing workout and the thrill of being part of a team that's been together for more than 30-years. Games are played in spring and fall on one of the team's home fields like Moakley Park, or at various locations throughout the U.S. (mostly in the Northeast.) Practices are twice weekly, and you'll want to join their -- ahem -- team-building events, like their famous Pub Crawl.

Charles River Canoe & Kayak

Love to paddle? Ditch the long drive to the hinterlands -- there's a perfectly amazing urban paddle right here in Boston! Charles River Canoe & Kayak has five rental outposts in and around the city. You can DIY and paddle past turtles and crazy bird-life on the Charles River ("Dirty Water" no more) and glide alongside Harvard and MIT while city skyscrapers rise in the distance -- way cool. Or join one of their guided trips, like the Barking Crab Tour,  a six to eight-mile paddle from the Charles to Boston Harbor with a stop for a terrific seafood lunch at the 'Crab.