The number one New Year’s resolution for many Americans every year is to lose weight and get healthy. Most people see this as a sentence to the gym and a lifestyle of hard work and no fun. Here in Colorado Springs, we like to look at it a little differently. With incredible accessibility to so many outdoor activities, we think that “the gym” can look a whole lot more like an adventure in the mountains than a stuffy weight room. Make working out fun this year while achieving your goals! To get you started, here are just a few ways to turn this beautiful landscape into your backyard gym!
And you thought the stair master made you sweaty? One of the hardest hikes in Colorado is sure to give you the workout of a lifetime. This trail takes a seemingly never-ending flight of stairs right into the mountains. Although less than a mile long, the Incline climbs over 2,000 vertical feet of elevation!
If the calf-burning Manitou Incline has you dreading another leg day, mix it up with some rock climbing. Colorado Springs is host to many incredible rock climbing locations including Garden of the Gods, North Cheyenne Canyon, and Red Rock Open Space. Climb Montezuma’s Tower in Garden of the Gods for some incredible exposure or hop on the Army Route in North Cheyenne Canyon for one of the best city overlooks around. Looking for a guide or some helpful instruction? Front Range Climbing Company has got you covered!
Looking to up the cardio level? Trade the stationary bike for a ride through the mountains. Check out the many miles of biking trails here in Colorado Springs. From moderate road biking to top tier mountain biking, the Pikes Peak Region has you covered. Some of our area favorites are: Bear Creek Canyon Loop, Cheyenne Mtn State Park, and biking down the Pikes Peak Highway! We also have some guiding services like Pikes Peak Bike Tours that will help you find the perfect trail to fit your adventure.
Burn some calories and take in the view! Switch out that treadmill for a trail-mill... get it? Take the hard way to the top of America’s Mountain this year! There are multiple ways to hike to the top of Pikes Peak, all of which will leave you out of breath and smiling. After a hard workout get some drinks downtown and look at the sun setting on your achievement. Now that’s an accomplishment! Want a more moderate hike? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out this list of some incredible hiking trails with all levels of difficulty.
Who thought that a relaxing day on the water could turn into a fantastic recovery workout? Stand-up paddle boarding is a great way to engage your core and shoulder muscles while not putting too much strain on your body. You might even catch a tan! Want to add to the difficulty and fun level? Try out paddleboard yoga with our friends over at Dragonfly Paddle Yoga!!