Get fit in Georgia—without the Gym
For many, the thought of exercising in a gym is remarkably dull. The scenery is the same, the people are the same, and the workouts are the same. However, there are dozens of ways for you to shake up your routine, all without setting foot in a gym. Check out these unique ways to stay fit that are right here in Georgia.
Beginner or world class athlete, Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness Center has a climb for you. With locations in Atlanta, Kennesaw, and Midtown, and walls towering from 25 to 60 feet, this activity is sure to rock your socks off—pun intended! In addition to rock climbing, Stone Summit offers top roping, leading, auto belays, and bouldering for all ages and climbing levels. Locations include membership, day passes, and class options, making it the perfect activity for locals or tourists. Pricing starts at $15.
Virtual Yoga by the Water
For those desiring a more calming experience, the Georgia Aquarium is making waves with its event “Virtual Yoga by the Water.” Led by certified yoga instructors from local Atlanta studios, participants channel their inner harmony while taking in unbelievable views of whale sharks, manta rays, and other captivating sea creatures. Whether you’re a certified yogi or a novice, this class is perfect for all experience levels. Complimentary classes are available at georgiaaquarium.org. All classes are filmed in front of the breathtaking Ocean Voyager exhibit and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home.
Bikes on the Beltline
Looking for a way to explore Atlanta all while getting fit? Look no more! If you’ve always wanted to explore the Beltline, or if you’re simply looking for a way to exercise that doesn’t require running on a treadmill, biking along the Beltline is the classic way to go. If you have a bike already, great! If you don’t, there are numerous bike rental shops along the Beltline, with some charging as little as $5 per hour. Biking along the Beltline is a neat way to view notorious Atlanta street art and astounding urban scenery—all while exercising! So, grab a friend or go solo. Either way, you’re guaranteed to stumble upon some marvelous things.
Get a bird’s eye view of Georgia—literally—by zipping through the treetop canopies. Ziplining is a phenomenal way to explore some of Georgia’s most breathtaking sites from a different perspective. It might seem easy, but ziplining is a more intense workout than you think. Between taking in the fresh air and experiencing an adrenaline rush, ziplining is chock-full of health benefits. Some of the greatest places to zipline include Banning Mills, Blue Ridge, and Helen. Prices typically range from $30-$100, so it won’t break the bank.
Explore the Coastal Waters
Paddleboarding or biking along the beautiful, coastal waterways is a great way to explore Tybee and Jekyll Islands and sure to get your heartrate up. The views are sensational and a great way to exercise while enjoying nature. East Coast Paddleboarding offers lessons, tours, and rentals. So whether you are a local or visiting the area, take a ride on the adventurous side and soak up these sports. Lessons start at $40 and include an hour rental.
So, whether you’re looking to start your fitness journey, or you’re simply searching for a plan to shake up your routine, Georgia is full of creative ways to remain active.