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Staying Mad fit this summer
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone! Or, in Madison’s case, the endless snow, Lake Mendota wind-chills, and negative temperatures are a thing of the past. Take advantage of Madison’s glorious summer weather and exercise in the great outdoors! Here are some fun suggestions for the ultimate outdoor summer workout:
If you’re looking for a perfect outdoor running or walking trail, look no further than the Lakeshore Path. The trail to Picnic Point also offers dip bars and other strengthening exercise courses along the way to enhance your workout.
(Photo by Bryce Richter/UW-Madison)
Bike around Lake Monona
Up for a 13 mile ride around one-half of the Isthmus? This ride will take the average cyclist about an hour or so, which is plenty of time to get your heart rate up all while taking in some stunning scenery around Lake Monona. Visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/bikeMadison/ for more info on planning your trip and an interactive bike trail map.
Nurture your competitive spirit with Rec Sports. Over the summer, Rec Sports offers sand volleyball, cornhole, ultimate frisbee, softball, soccer, and basketball. Registration opens May 25 and closes June 9, and is even open to those who graduated in May! Visit the Rec Sports website for details.
Outdoor UW and Lake Mendota
Yes, Lake Mendota is more than a backdrop for your Instagram post at the terrace. Outdoor UW, an affiliate of Hoofers, provides a plethora of opportunities to get outdoors and work in some exercise, including stand up paddleboard, canoe, and kayak rentals, sailing lessons, swimming docks, and more! Stop by their office at Memorial Union to get started.
A hidden gem of UW-Madison, the Arboretum offers over 20 miles of trails for your hiking or trail running pleasure. The Arboretum is just a short 20 minute bike ride from campus, making it an accessible, beautiful, and perfect place to enjoy an afternoon or morning workout. For more info on trails, maps, and more, visit their site.
Looking to reconnect with the heart of campus during the summer months? Bascom Hill is the perfect place to get in a hill work out, whether you decide to do sprints, intervals, or ladder-style running workouts. Plus, Abe’s got your back.
Interested in a free workout group? The November Project meets twice a week for fun morning workouts at Bascom Hill and the Capital building on Wednesdays and Fridays, respectively.
What is YOUR favorite Madison outdoor workout? Leave us a reply!