Four ways to get fit for free — Try saying that quickly a few times in a row! It’s not too good to be true. Take a step towards a happier, healthier you by getting fit for FREE this summer.
1. LCFPD’s Forest Fitness Walking Groups
If you’re considering group exercise for motivation or accountability, or you want to visit the trails in the security of a group, then Lake County Forest Preserve District’s Forest Fitness walking group is perfect for you. Briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves with the regular group of outdoor enthusiasts. Walks are scheduled at Hastings Lake, Pine Dunes, and Middlefork Savanna. No registration required, check Lake County Forest Preserve’s calendar for schedule, and for updates outside of normal business hours, call (847) 968-3113.
2. Antioch’s Free Get Fit Club
Antioch Parks and Recreation Gym, 806 Holbeck Dr., Antioch
The Get Fit Club meets every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. to complete different workouts. From P90X to yoga, you’ll have an opportunity to try it all.
3. Fitness at the Library
Yep, you read that right. Check your library’s adult activity calendar. Many host single session workshops or short-term classes for free or cheap for their patrons. Nutrition, Yoga, and Tai-Chi are some of the classes you’ll see pop up from time to time. Although it isn’t a long-term solution for getting fit, it’s a free way to try out new things and decide if you will to stick to it and pay for classes. Libraries also have fitness instruction DVDs and books you can check out, as well.
4. Fitness Trails
Take your hike, walk, or run up a notch and hit up a fitness trail in Lake County for an interval workout. As you make your way down the path, stop at designated spots and perform the exercises described on signs, some with equipment provided.
- Old School Forest Preserve
28285 St. Mary’s Rd., Mettawa
The 1.2-mile fitness trail is off of the 2.7-mile gravel loop in this Lake County Forest Preserve. It is open only to foot traffic and offers workout stations that build strength and endurance. Old School Forest Preserve also has a great playground area for kids; see Jessica’s article for further information.
- Hanrahan Park
East Noel Dr., Mundelein
See Tracy’s review of this park for additional details about playground amenities.
- Century Park
North of Rt. 60 between Butterfield Road and Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills
In addition to fitness trails, this park is awesome for families. See Maureen’s review of this park for more details.
- Gateway Park
704 E. Clarendon Dr., Round Lake Beach
The short, paved fitness trail at Gateway Park runs parallel to Rollins Road and includes workout stations.
Do you have any tips for getting fit for free (or cheap) in Lake County? Let us know what we missed.
Find more ways to tone-up and get fit at Fitness in Lake County.
By: Holly G.
Holly keeps busy with freelance writing, as well as many volunteer ventures including PTO, dog rescue, and Lakes Region Historical Society. She is quick to pitch in for a good cause. She is an aspiring vegan, Jazzercise addict, runner, coffee junkie, and enjoys cooking.