Exercise in Philadelphia, PA
Put on your favorite pair of running shoes and set out for jog along the Schuylkill River Trail, one of the Philadelphia area's most popular running destinations. Hundreds of joggers pound the pavement of the popular trail, which parallels Kelly Drive along the east side of the Schuylkill River. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, challenge yourself with the trails' popular 8 Mile Loop: Start at the Philadelphia Art Museum and follow the trail west, to East Falls. There, you'll traverse the historic Falls Bridge (crossing the Schuylkill River), before heading east, back toward the city on Martin Luther King Drive.
About a thirty minute drive from Philadelphia, Valley Forge National Park is best known as the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. Over twenty-five miles of bike, horse, and hiking trails zigzag through the park; avid bicyclists can challenge themselves by a twenty-mile bike ride into center city Philadelphia via the Schuylkill River Trail. There are no fees to enter the park, which is open year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk.
Sweat the stress away by signing up for a class at Dana Hot Yoga, voted Best Yoga in the Western Suburbs of Philadelphia. Those seeking an intense, cathartic exercise experience -- a step above your typical yoga class -- will appreciate the studio's heated rooms, which are warmed up to a steamy 90-degrees. The challenging combo of heat and instructor-lead poses is sure to help you release those toxins, whether you're new to the yoga scene or a bonafide yogi.
Add a touch of rhythym to your regular exercise routine by attending a class at Koresh School of Dance. The school offers over 35 different adult dance classes to choose from, from jazz and ballet to hip hop and contemporary -- classes take place seven days a week. Lead by professional dance instructors, classes at the Center City studio engage children and adults of all skill levels, so don't worry if you've been cursed with two left feet. But, be warned -- we're told that the warm-ups alone are enough to make you break a sweat.
With three Philadelphia locations already under its belt, Lithe Method is a trendy, fast-growing fitness regime that has roots here in Philadelphia. Women flock to Lithe Method's Old City, Rittenhouse and Northern Liberties studios for a unique, one-of-a-kind workout inspired by pilates, cheerleading, ballet, and cardio. A range of cleverly-named classes (think "Waist Not," "Short Shorts" and "Skinny Jeans") promise to target and tone different body parts, but that's only if you can manage to secure a spot in Lithe Method's often sold-out classes. Take our advice and be sure to schedule your sessions well in advance.