Portland isn’t your typical metropolis—it’s where the guys jump on their bikes, rather than starting up their cars, when they want to get somewhere. The air downtown is cleaner than in most suburban areas, practically inviting you to get outside and move. So if you’re hitting this West Coast city with the goal of staying in shape, begin with Portland Fit , a program to keep you in shape and, eventually, run the Portland Marathon.
Winner of Runner’s World ”Golden Shoe Award” and the USA FIT “Program of the Year,” Portland Fit encourages you to put on the shoes and run the run, encouraging locals and visitors to train for the Marathon. Check out the website for meeting locations, and register to receive, day-by-day training schedules, weekly group runs/walks, access to trained coaches, information seminars, and a Portland Fit Marathon Training shirt. According to the website, you may even get a free massage or two.
If you’re nature oriented, be sure to check out Forest Park. It’s the largest wooded city park in the U.S., covering more than 8,000 acres of land, and its multi-mile Wildwood Trail is a can’t-miss spot for hikers, runners and mountain bikers. If you’re all for bubbling brooks and wildlife (according to portlandonline.com, there’s more than 112 bird and 62 mammal species in the park), this is a must-see and must-experience spot on the West Coast.
The water in Portland can be just as inviting as the activities on land, practically calling you to jump right in. To get geared up, visit the Portland Kayak Company, where you can rent recreational kayaks for solo trips ($10 each), get personalized instruction, or schedule a waterborne tour of the Portland area. Don’t forget that kayaking is a total-body workout with both a muscle-building and cardio component.
Portland Parks and Rec
For sportier types, the city of Portland has a Parks and Recreation department that offers a huge variety of activities, from 5k runs to basketball courts, pools, tennis, golf, and even an introduction to fencing. All you need to do is to sign up. Rates vary widely based on demand, but if you’re looking to spice up your summer by getting outdoors, hitting the water, or just learning a new skill, it’s hard to beat the Parks and Rec in Portland.
Portland Rock Gym
Looking to beat the heat with an indoor workout that’s true a true full-body calorie-burner? Look no further than the Portland Rock Gym. Recently crowned Citysearch.com’s Best Portland Gym of the Year, this top-notch rock-climbing workout facility has over 100 routes to the top, as well as a weight and cardio room to meet your cross-training needs. A day pass is fifteen dollars, a price that’s hard to beat for what the gym offers.