Many New Year resolutions target weight loss and promote good health. A great way to attain those goals is by taking daily walks and no better place to take them than in a local park. Whether hiking the Florida Trail, jogging around Lake Eola or completing a fitness trail, parks have everything a person needs to complete their exercise routine.
Fitness trails provide opportunties to take in beautiful scenery, breathe in fresh air, and challenge muscles in specific exercises to be performed on stationary equipement. The circuits typically are spaced around the peremiter of a park along a trail. Participants can jog, walk or ride between stations depending upon their level of ability and many are wheelchair accessible.
Numerous city parks have fitness trails with equipement designed to provide a complete workout. Participants determine their own level of physical ability at each station where several exercise options are available. These outdoor gyms are free for everyone's use and unlike most fitness clubs, there won't be a line to use the equipment.
Orlando city parks with fitness trails include:
- Clear Lake Park - 2301 29th Street, 33-acre park with nature trails, boardwalk and fishing dock over Clear Lake
- Dartmouth Park - 822 Dartmouth Street, heavily shaded 3-acre park in the College Park neighborhood with picnic areas and playground
- Gaston Edwards Park - 1236 N. Orange Avenue, located on Lake Ivanhoe the 6.2-acre park is popular with water-ski and jet-ski enthusiasts
- Lake Underhill Park - 4355 Lake Underhill Road, located on Lake Underhill near the Orlando Executive Airport this 8.8-acre park has a 1.3 mile walk around the lake
- Lizzie Rogers Park - 2130 Long Street, 3-acre park located in the Lake Sunset/Luola Terrace neighborhood
- Signal Hill Park - 3877 Watch Hill Road, the park offers a multipurpose field, basketball court, playground, fitness trails and walks
- Wadeview Park - 2177 S Summerlin Avenue, ADA accessible, 8-acre park adjacent to Wadeview pool and recreation center
- Willie Mays Park - 2092 Willie Mays Parkway, 3.4-acre park in a residential neighborhood providing a recreational green space
- Willows Park - 3101 Willow Bend Boulevard, 2-acre park provides a community green space for exercise and relaxation
For more information about these parks or other Orlando city parks visit the City of Orlando Families, Parks and Recreation website.