Health and Fitness
With summer in full swing and a few months of warm weather still ahead, there are endless ways to stay active in Columbus. Finding the time and motivation to stay active may seem daunting, but Columbus is full of unique and fun activities that will keep you on your exercise kick.
Grab a friend, your dog or enjoy some time alone and explore these five ways to stay active in Columbus!
Biking is one of the best, and most enjoyable, forms of cardio! Not only are you staying active, but you are saving energy and enjoying time outside as well. Columbus has no shortage of scenic trails to choose from, with each one being unique. Riders can choose trails based off mileage, intensity or location.
The Alum Creek Trail travels along one of Columbus’ most scenic river corridors, and Blacklick Creek Trail weaves bikers toward three different parks. In downtown Columbus, the Scioto Trail travels along the downtown riverfront, while a second connecting trail runs along the west bank of the Scioto River to Dodge Park.
Whether you want to plan a half-day trip with family or friends or just want to enjoy a quick bike ride, there’s a trail in Columbus that’s perfect for every adventure!
Swimming laps is a full-body workout that offers a wide variety of health benefits such as strength building, muscle toning and maintaining a healthy heart. There are both indoor and outdoor pool options in Columbus, open both early in the mornings and in the evenings.
The Columbus Aquatics Center offers an indoor pool with lap lanes, along with several water fitness programs. If you are looking to soak up the sun while getting a good workout in, Columbus has several great outdoor public pools—including Dodge Swimming Pool and Driving Park Pool.
3.Workout Classes at the Arena District Athletic Club
Workout classes are a productive and fun way to stay fit—with so many different classes offered, it’s easy to find one that matches your interests and strengths. Located in the heart of downtown Columbus’ Arena District, the Arena District Athletic Club is the perfect place to get your day started or unwind after work.
Whether it’s a spin class or yoga session, you’ll get a great workout whether you go with a friend or enjoy a class by yourself. Finding a workout class that you enjoy can make staying active really enjoyable, and the Arena District Athletic Club offers over 15 different workout classes.
The Arena District Athletic Club is also hosting a free 50-minute all-levels vinyasa yoga class on Battelle Plaza outside of Nationwide Arena on Sunday, August 18 at noon! Participants can enter to win a new yoga mat and enjoy other goodies. RSVP here!
4. Club Pilates at Grandview Yard
Club Pilates at Grandview Yard offers low-impact, full-body workouts that are known for all-over toning. The wide range of classes strive to provide a path to a richer, more fulfilling life through workouts that challenge your mind and body.
If you’ve never tried it before, a free intro class is offered for first-timers who are interested in incorporating pilates into their fitness routines. With a wide variety of class times throughout the day, incorporating a class into your day and staying fit is effortless!
5. Walk or Run in the Park
A classic way to stay active on a nice warm day in Columbus is to take advantage of the wide variety of scenic parks that the city has to offer. Whether you are in the mood to go on a walk or run, there are plenty of beautiful parks to choose from.
The Battelle Riverfront Park, for instance, is located on the eastern bank of the Scioto River and is home to numerous monuments and memorials. The park also offers access to Greenway Trail, along with river access. If you decide to take a walk among Columbus’ downtown area, Bicentennial Park is one of the area’s most popular parks and is a perfect place to cool down after a long day.
Staying active is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle, and Columbus makes it easy to find enjoyable ways to keep fit. Whether you decide to take a workout class or go for a walk, there are countless parks and facilities within Columbus to explore!
There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.
With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.
Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 19, 2018:
2018 Qfm86 Beat *ichigan Breakfast Club
Friday, November 23| EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 AM
Buckeye fan? Forget standing in long lines–spend your Black Friday with Torg & Elliot from 6 -11AM for Columbus’ biggest maize and blue hating party: Qfm96’s Beat *ichigan Breakfast Club. For $5 you get a breakfast buffet, cold beer, and a chance at over $2,5000 worth of Black Friday prizes! There will be special guests and live iconic rock from Qfm96 house band Red Light Go.
Columbus Hungry Turkey
Saturday, November 24 | Columbus | 9 AM
Gobble, gobble–celebrate Thanksgiving with the Columbus Hungry Turkey! Runners get the option of participating in the 5K or 10K, with both routes passing through the Arena District. Whether you’re running, walking, or just cheering on participants, it will be a fun event supporting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank Ad their mission to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time while co-creating communities where everyone thrives.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Friday, November 23| Nationwide Arena | 7 PM
After scooping up some great deals grab a group of friends this Friday and watch the Columbus Blue Jackets face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena. The Leafs are tied for top of their Eastern division right now, so come out and root on the Blue Jackets as they fight to knock them down a peg.
Friday, November 23 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM
Finish the night singing out your favorite tunes at Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!
SantaCon Columbus 2018
Friday, December 7| Arena District| 7 PM
For those counting down to Santa’s arrival, he’s almost here! Spread your holiday cheer and join hundreds of Santas, Elves and Reindeer as they dash around the Arena District for SantaCon Columbus! The free event will take place on December 7th and include four Arena District stops featuring drink specials, raffle prices, costume contest and more. Get full details here.
Arena District Apartment of the Week
Flats on Vine Apartments | Courtyard Alexander Floor Plan
Flats on Vine is located next to Columbus entertainment venues such as Nationwide Arena and EXPRESS Live! The apartment complex is within the Arena District, offering quick access to top restaurants and entertainment options. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then this apartment is for you.
The one bedroom, two bath, Courtyard Alexander floor plan at Flats on Vine also features a den space and endless amenities. The 1026-1044 square foot space is pet friendly, provides an in-unit washer/dryer, high speed internet, Nationwide security, private terrace and many other perks! The complex features an outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, planned social events and more.
Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Courtyard Alexander floor plan today!
Day 1 – July 6
I have exactly two months until the big day. That’s 62 days until I have to be in a white dress (a tight ish white dress) in front of tons of family and friends. Not to mention all the pictures…
The wedding will take place in Evergreen, Colorado. At the lake house in the picture above this post, to be exact. It’s about 30 minutes away from where I grew up in Denver, a place that is notorious for it’s perfectly fit mountain bikers, hikers, and skiers. I wasn’t ever a good Coloradoan, at least not by those standards. But that is where the wedding will be. I always told him that if we lived in Downtown Columbus, that we would have to get married in my home state of Colorado!
In high school I was the goalie for my soccer team. I loved it because I didn’t have to run a lot. In college I took a rock climbing class and loved it because I didn’t have to run a lot.
When I moved to Columbus I struggled to find spots to climb in or people to climb with me. So I picked up running. I didn’t love it as much as most people do. I run a bit here and there, mostly be pretending that something is chasing me. It’s usually zombies because I imagine them to be quite slow.
That and this photo pretty much describe my current idea of fitness.
That will all begin to change today, since I’m starting a bridal boot camp of sorts at the Arena District Athletic Club. The best thing about this fitness club that it is so conveniently located to where I live and work. In the next 62 days, I’m going to start going to the cardio classes they offer, working with a variety of their incredible talented personal trainers, and even attending their FitCamp classes (which sound like they prepare people to be in the movie 300).
Maybe I’ll even start to develop what I have decided are an urban fitness myth… ABS!!!