Get in shape without breaking the bank in Mississippi. These budget-friendly activities will help you stay fit and healthy.
The benefits of cardio are undeniable. Go out for a jog or sprint at any of the running routes throughout the state. Some of the most scenic trails include Kitty Dill Memorial Parkway, where the bikeway and urban trail combined form a 3.75-mile loop. Located in West Point, the parkway is surrounded by hardwood trees and landscaped grounds.
Others include the Magnolia Trail, located south of Natchez, spans three miles. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Loess bluffs and the Mississippi and Homochitto rivers as you go jogging. Longleaf Trace Tail, which extends from Hattiesburg all the way to Prentiss, boasts a 41-mile trail with natural features.
Grab your bike and hit the Great River Road Bike Trail. Admire views of the Mississippi Delta while you get a good workout. It’s comprised of two biking trails. The first, the Great River Road Scenic Byway, encompasses 35 miles starting at Walls in Mississippi and leading all the way to the Tunica County line. This trail takes you past cultural landmarks like the Blues Alley.
The second trail is shorter – at 13 miles, it leads from downtown Tunica to Mhoon Landing at the Mississippi River.
Hiking is a powerful workout that helps strengthen your muscles and minimize your risk for heart disease. Go on a self-guided hike through the Petrified Forest, explore the Crosby Arboretum, or visit the St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge.
The Clark Creek Natural Area is another great hiking spot, as is the Tishomingo State Park. Observe local wildlife and catch views of the waterfalls that can be seen in these locations.
Put on your roller blades and burn those calories. There are numerous skate parks throughout Mississippi. Burn Skate Shop and Skatepark, located in Biloxi, is an indoor skate park where you can skate to your heart’s content no matter the weather. Buy gear and accessories at the on-site shop, which offers a wide selection of merchandise.
Build muscle strength and endurance through swimming. Use any of the well-maintained public pools in Mississippi for a nominal fee. Swim some laps at the Biloxi Natatorium or the Donald Snyder Community Center. These facilities have clean restrooms, dressing rooms, and water fountains for your convenience. Biloxi’s Aquatics Division also offers swimming lessons and lifeguarding classes.
Minimize stress and get toned with yoga. The University of Mississippi organizes free yoga classes at different times in the year. Shanti Yoga and Counseling also holds free classes for those who want to further their practice. The Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi accommodates participants aged 17 and up, free of charge. Click here for their group exercise schedule.
At 250 acres, the Gulfport Sports Complex features nine baseball and softball fields, along with four full-sized soccer fields. Play your favorite sport and stay active at this esteemed venue. The AJ Holloway Sports Complex in Biloxi is another great venue, with well-maintained tennis courts and baseball fields.
Live close to Mississippi’s recreational opportunities. Call Sherry L. Owen at (228) 822-9870 or send an email to Info@OwenAndCo.com.