IN THE D: Outdoor Fitness Classes

By: Scott Davis | June 30, 2015

It is summertime, which means most of us are trying to keep our bodies fit and healthy to show off at the beach or a swimming pool. With that said, sometimes it is difficult to get motivated to go inside to a hot place on a beautiful day for a workout – I’m sure most of us would rather spend it out in the sunshine.

Metro Detroit offers plenty of options for outdoor fitness classes and activities. Listed below are a few that package fresh air with exercise.

Riverfront Fit Park is a newly opened outdoor public workout space along Detroit’s Riverfront. It is located along the Dequindre Cut Greenway, just east of downtown. The park will have several fitness systems focusing on strength, endurance and cardiovascular exercises. It will also feature a diverse program of exercise and wellness instruction and potentially fitness boot camps.

Farmington Hills Outdoor Yoga at Heritage Park started on Wednesday, June 17 and takes place every Wednesday through Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. It is for adults 18 years and older and is designed for all skill levels. Participants can pre-register online, and it cost $10 per class or $85 for all classes. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mats or blankets. Heritage Park is located at 24915 Farmington Rd., in Farmington Hills.

Bike Ypsi hosts numerous biking activities throughout Ypsilanti and its neighboring cities. It does weekly rides every Sunday at 1 p.m. and every Friday at 8 a.m. It also participates in several events in Washtenaw County. Another biking option is Slow Roll Detroit which meets on Mondays throughout the summer. Registration for each event is at 5 p.m., with riders meeting up at 6 p.m. and taking off at 7 p.m.

RUNdetroit, 441 W. Canfield St. #5 in Detroit, welcomes runners every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. year-round. Each week has three-mile, six-mile and 10-mile long route options. Downtown Detroit Runners and WalkersRun This Town and Stone Steppers are other running groups in the area. All of which meet frequently (usually weekly) and run in Detroit and its metropolitan area.

Birmingham Racquet Club, 2100 E. Lincoln, Birmingham provides outdoor cardio tennis for adults in the summer (indoor in the winter). It features drills that give players a high intensity workout. The program features a 10-minute warm up, 40-minute cardio workout and 10-minute cool down. Interested players of all skill levels are welcome and it costs $20 for guests and $17 for members.

Biking, running, tennis and more, oh my! It is easy to tell that when the weather is gorgeous in Metro Detroit, outside exercising activities are plentiful. Nobody should spend their summer on the couch, so get out, get active and enjoy summer.