4 Ways to Stay Active This Winter in Grand Rapids

The temperature is dropping, and winter will be here before you know it. Even though it’s cold outside, there are plenty of ways to stay active all winter long in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here are four exercise ideas that are great for every member of the family.

Join a Sports League

If you like competing, then a team sport might be for you. There are two YMCA locations in Grand Rapids that offer sports leagues throughout the winter, including adult men’s basketball leagues, racquetball leagues for both men and women, and volleyball leagues for coed and women’s-only teams. The Y also offers basketball leagues for kids of all ages, starting from pre-K and going all the way up to grade eight.

Adult leagues run from October to December and again from January to February, while youth leagues run from November to January and again from late January to early March.

Try a Hiking Trail

Get some fresh air and check out the winter hiking trails at Blandford Nature Center. There are eight maintained trails that are open every day all year. Bring the family and check out the historic village that features buildings from the 1800s, like an old school house, a log cabin, and a blacksmith shop. Admission is $3 per person or free for members. There are easy, medium, and difficult trails. The Wildlife Trail is easy and showcases the local animals, while the more difficult East Loop is .25 miles. Dogs are allowed on a leash on all trails except for the Wildlife Trail where animals are not permitted.

Go Cross-Country Skiing

A good place to go cross-country skiing is Palmer Park, which is on the outskirts of Grand Rapids. Bring your own skis or rent a pair and check out one of the three available two-mile trails. After you’ve admired the forest scenery, you can take a break at the clubhouse and enjoy a drink or snack.
The trail fee is $2 per person or $25 for a season pass. If you’re renting equipment, the trail fee is included in the cost. The season starts when there’s at least 4 inches of snow on the ground.

Sign up for a Fitness Class

If you’d rather stay inside where it’s warm, there are plenty of indoor activities that you can try this winter. The East Grand Rapids Community Center offers adult programs such as Irish dancing, Zumba, and Aquafit. Classes for kids include fencing, wrestling, and hip-hop.

For something really different, you should check out the indoor trampoline park, Sky Zone. It has SkyFitness for adults, SkyJam for people over 14 years of age, and Toddler Time for the little ones. If you don’t want a structured class, you can drop in to play basketball on the Sky Slam court or bring your friends for a game of Ultimate Dodgeball. It’s so much fun that it doesn’t even feel like exercise!

Even though winter is coming, you don’t have to hibernate. Check out one of these activities and stay active all season long.
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