By Chelsea Kern
Utah residents are pampered when it comes to physical activity options. Whether exploring the Wasatch Mountain Range or finding internal peace at a local yoga studio, we have plenty of calorie-crushing ideas to keep you sweating and feeling strong all summer long.
When the sun is out and you want to challenge yourself physically and mentally, head to Utah’s incredible mountains to rock climb. Utah is well-known for its excellent rock climbing spots and it won’t be hard to get addicted after the first attempt. Make sure to have the appropriate gear and a knowledgeable instructor.
When The best time to climb is at an even temperature, so make sure it is not too hot or cold when trying the sport.
Where Indoor: The Quarry in Provo. Outdoor: American Fork Canyon.
How Rock climbing requires specific shoes, ropes, harnesses and more to ensure safety. To learn more about climbing or to rent supplies, visit outnback.com or make a pit stop at Out N Back’s Orem retail store.
Stretch your workout routine with yoga and pilates. Meant to realign your spiritual, mental and physical health, these core-strengthening exercises leave participants uplifted. Don’t be surprised if it makes you sweat! These classes can be challenging.
When Check your closest studio for a class schedule. If you want to pick your own time, try out the abundance of yoga YouTube videos and follow along.
Where Try 3B Yoga at The Shops at Riverwoods or Unbound for their pilates classes and at-home sessions (pilatesunbound.com).
How No shoes allowed! All that is required is a yoga mat, comfortable clothing and deep breaths. To find mats, visit any yoga studio or sporting goods store.
Who says you need a beach to enjoy water in the sun? Take a kayak, paddleboard or canoe out at one of Utah’s beautiful lakes to enjoy a refreshing splash. Some may think it is a watered-down version of working out, but rowing is a great upper body workout and offers exceptional aerobic activity.
When Mid-summer is the best and busiest time of year. Try going earlier in the day to avoid large crowds.
Where Deer Creek Reservoir, Tibble Fork, Silver Lake Flat Reservoir and Utah Lake.
How Most reservoirs have on-the-spot rentals or visit suprentalsutah.com or their shop in Springville for more options.
Bike the canyon on a traditional bike or grab a buddy and do it tandem-style. Whether you are preparing for a road race or are simply wanting to get some air, riding is the perfect way to obtain heart-healthy exercise without all the strain on the knees and legs. Added bonus, biking is every-age appropriate.
When In daylight with plenty of water.
Where The Provo Canyon provides excellent shade, bike lanes and water fountains throughout. For a greater challenge, check out the Golden Spike Ride, which will take you from Provo to Ogden on various multi-use trails.
How BYU Outdoors Unlimited rents traditional bikes, as well as tandem bikes and is only 3.7 miles away from the mouth of Provo Canyon. C’mon, you could bike that!
Slip on your favorite outdoor sneakers and take a jog around the park. Whether up and down the Utah mountains, through canyon trails or simply around your neighborhood block, running is a killer cardiovascular exercise that can be done with friends or alone — just plug in those earbuds and go!
When When the heat picks up it can be difficult to tie those laces. Try getting out the door earlier in the day to maintain your cool.
Where Our favorite stops and starts: Provo Canyon and the Murdock Canal Trail.
How Check out Runner’s Corner in Orem or UtahRUN in American Fork to step into personalized running gear.
Pickleball is taking Utah by storm, so follow the crowd! While tennis is a close cousin of the sport, pickleball is better for all ages and skill levels as it slows down the slams with a shorter, wooden racket and plastic wiffle ball. The sport can be played one-on-one or as a team of doubles on an outdoor or indoor court.
When Generally, courts are first come, first serve. Check with the closest court near you for specific hours.
Where Try Spanish Fork Pickleball Courts, Cascade Park in Orem or visit utahpickleball.com/where-to-play.html to find a location nearest you!
HoW Pickleball popularity has pushed most sporting goods stores to carry pickleball equipment. Check out Dick’s, Al’s or the closest store near you to pick your pickleball poison.