Look at the top 10 lists and you’ll find that Minnesota consistently ranks among the fittest states in the nation. While winters here are relatively harsh, when warmer weather rolls around, Minnesotans seize the day when it comes to the great outdoors – embracing all the natural amenities the Land of 10 Thousand Lakes has to offer. Below are just a few fun ways you can stay active this summer:
Minnesota has 67 state parks with plenty of hiking trails. They twist around lakes, waterfalls, hills, and other land types. But no matter what state park you visit, you’re likely to be treated to great scenic views where you’ll want to make photo memories. For more information, check out the state’s Department of Natural Resources website.
Minnesota is one of the top places for cycling and has more miles of bike trails than any other state. Many streets throughout the cities offer bike lanes – allowing riders to safely travel, whether for commuting to work or simply for leisure. If you don’t own a bike, no worries, there are plenty of opportunities to rent from companies like Nice Ride who offer plenty of rental stations throughout the cities.
10 thousand lakes means plenty to run around, but there are even more places to run in Minnesota. In addition to the lakes, other considerations include parks, neighborhoods, and paths along rivers like the Mississippi and St. Croix. Another suggestion: Check out the many marathons held throughout the state. You might not be ready to run one just yet, but it’s never too early to start training.
While Minnesota is said to have 10 thousand lakes, the number is actually larger – closer to 12 thousand. Paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming are all great ways to work out – and there’s no shortage of rental opportunities.