Exercise in Raleigh, NC
With over 5,500-acres to explore, Willliam B. Umstead State Park is naturally a favorite for Raleigh girls who love to exercise! The park is actually divided into two separate sections -- Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek, both which are accessible via Interstate 40. Some of the best parts about Umstead Park is that there are trails for everyone, from easy walking hikes to intense running trails, and each trail is easily marked. Umstead also gets bonus points for having tons of bathrooms along the trails, for being dog-friendly and for being right in the city.
Lake Johnson Park is one of Raleigh's favorite places to get outdoors and get some exercise. The park itself is over 300-acres surrounding a 150-acre lake, making it the perfect park for going on a hike or a run (there are fantastic paved trails!). The lake itself is prime for getting fit as well -- they have boat rentals and classes available, including sailboats and paddleboats, which are both great workouts! Or, bring your own powerboat for an afternoon of waterskiing or wakeboarding. Before you head home, be sure to stop by the Lake Johnson Waterfront Center and relax in one of the rocking chair on the porch overlooking the lake -- it's the perfect way to end the day.
Pullen Aquatic Center is a true gem in Raleigh. Not only is the facilty itself gorgeous, huge and clean, but they offer such a wide variety of classes and programs that every Raleigh girl who prefers to use the pool to exercise will be happy. If you want to really get an aquatic workout in, try going during the week, rather than the weekend when the pool is full of families. Another great thing about Pullen is that an annual pass won't cost you an arm and a leg -- residents can swim all year long for just $180 or just $3 for an individual visit.
Raleigh golfers, grab your best nine-iron! River Ridge Golf Club is the place in Raleigh to do some driving, putting and hole-in-oneing. River Ridge is a membership club, but if you're a regular golfer, the fees are well-worth it to play on this beautiful 18-hole championship course. The course itself is fairly new, having opened in 1997, and regulars love golfing at River Ridge because of the interesting (and challenging!) features along the course including rock walls and waterfalls. The club also has tennis, a pool, a pro shop and chipping practice area.
Formerly Triangle Boxing, Box-2B-Fit Boxing Clubs in Raleigh offer boxing and so much more -- boxing, kickboxing, Zumba, boot camps and spinning, just to name a few. Let's talk about the boxing first -- if you don't already know, boxing is an intense way to get some exercise and Box-2B-Fit has boxing sessions for any level of boxer. Beyond the boxing, the women's only boot camps are very popular and their boot camp programs even have a double your money back guarentee. Before signing up for classes at Box-2B-Fit, be sure to read their disclaimers online -- boxing isn't for everyone, especially whiners!