The next time work or play takes you to Memphis, do yourself a favor and ignore the old “When in Rome…” maxim. We asked Hailey Thomas, executive editor of Memphis Health + Fitness Magazine, where to burn off the city’s legendary barbecue. Here are her picks:
This 4,500-acre urban wilderness—that’s more than five times bigger than Central Park—is home to deer, beavers, and hundreds of bird species, not to mention 30-plus miles of trails perfect for mountain bikers and trail runners who want to get away from it all.
One of the few gyms in town that welcomes drop-in visitors, the Y has everything you remember—free weights, machines, pool, ball courts, hot tubs—at bargain-basement prices. The $8 day pass is a small price to pay for your health, not to mention a rooftop sundeck that overlooks Memphis Redbirds AAA baseball games.
This 6.5-mile paved trail offers cyclists a hushed, green corridor from the busy streets of Midtown to the natural splendor of Shelby Farms Park, where a vast trail system offers a full day of riding. Runners, for their part, can put in a full half-marathon on an out-and-back cruise.