Exercise is a fundamental part of good health. No matter your age or size, physical activity offers plenty of benefits for your mind and body. Here are few inspirations to get your family moving, no membership required!
Fitness Events at Local Venues:
Practicing yoga in the outdoors has the added benefit of connecting you with nature and Myriad Gardens is a perfect backdrop for tranquility to help relieve stress and quiet your mind. Classes are open to all levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi and is best suited for ages 16 & up.
Health & Wellness at metro libraries
From Tia Chi and dance to yoga storytime for kids, the Metropolitan & Pioneer library systems host a variety of health and wellness events that get families moving. The best part is that the events are free. Some do require registration, however. Check out their events calendar to find a fun activity to get your family moving.
Fitness does not mean you need a formal exercise class! Families can get their bodies moving in lots of fun ways. Skate Galaxy offers special family skate nights twice a week and free skate lessons on Saturdays. Admission is $6 and includes basic skate rental.
Being active isn’t complicated, but sometimes it does take some inspiration. Shape Your Future, a program of TSET, has lots of ideas to get your whole family more physically activity. Whether at home, work or outdoors, their fun suggestions offer simple ways to get moving more, no matter your age, shape or size.
Make a splash!
Swimming is an especially fun way to be active. Dig out those suits and head to a local pool. Oklahoma City has several indoor options families can enjoy all year-long and a host of outdoor options open seasonally.
Full Moon Bike Ride at Myriad Gardens
Take a leisurely ride through downtown. Participants are requested to make a $5 donation. Lights and helmets are required for the ride. If you don’t have a bike, rent a Spokie. For more details about upcoming rides, visit www.myriadgardens.org.
Top Family Runs:
Get inspired to get off the couch by signing up for a local run and train together. Here are a few family-friendly runs happening this year.
- June – Autism Oklahoma A Dash thru Oz 5K
- July – Pool Party 5K & Fun Run at Earlywine Park & Aquatic Center
- August – Oklahoma City Fire Department Project Life Run at Regatta Park
- September – Redbud Classic at Nichols Hills Plaza
- October – Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
- November – Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run at Chisholm Trail Park
Click here for a lists of runs happening all year-long.
Walking & Biking Trails around OKC:
Laces up those sneakers or strap on those helmets and get moving together! The Oklahoma City metro has a host of family-friendly trails just waiting for you.
Spring Creek Trail at Lake Arcadia
This brand new, multi-use trail is just over three miles long with dedicated lanes for both cycling and running/walking.
Oklahoma City Zoo
What could be more family-friendly than the zoo? While not your typical fitness destination, the zoo has several trails all mapped out each with animal theme. Ranging from less than half a mile to nearly three miles, the zoo is a unique option to get your crew moving. Bonus: Getting to see your favorite animals should help with some motivation.
Weaving around Mitch Park in Edmond, families can take full advantage of the five miles of paved multi-use trails. Add to the fun with a stop at the playground, exercise station or the basketball and volleyball courts.
Oklahoma City Trails
Oklahoma City has ten interconnected trails amassing for more than 80 miles.
- Earlywine Trail – Earlywine Trail features a five-and-a-half-mile paved shared-lane trail that wraps around the park. There is an additional pedestrian-use-only trail within the park.
- Oklahoma River Trails – Following the Oklahoma River, the two trails combine for approximately 13 miles.
- Overholser Trail – Overholser Trail passes fishing docks, a playground, and more on its just over three-mile path.
- Bert Cooper Trails – Formerly Lake Hefner Trails, Bert Cooper Trails wrap
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