If you made New Year’s resolutions to get outside often, exercise more, or run a 5K in 2017, you’re not alone. Many Charlotte residents are jumpstarting their personal fitness goals on January 1st. But you don’t need to join a gym to stay active. Try these activities instead.
1. Run in One of These Upcoming Races
Charlotte has several 5Ks, half marathons, and marathons on the calendar in 2017. If you’re eager to participate, here are a few coming up in the next few months:
- February 4th: 49er Gold Rush 5K Run/Walk at UNC-Charlotte
- February 11th: Frigid 5K Run & Plunge at the US National Whitewater Center
- March 25th: New South Trail Marathon at the US National Whitewater Center
- April 8th: Charlotte RaceFest at SouthPark
- May 20th: The Super Run 5K at McAlpine Creek Regional Park
2. Attend Tuck Fest at the US National Whitewater Center
Trail races, obstacle courses, live music, and friendly competition are on the schedule during Tuck Fest, which takes place April 21st through April 23rd at the US National Whitewater Center. If you want to spend your weekend kayaking, biking, hiking, or running, don’t miss this annual adventure!
3. Challenge Your Skills on a Charlotte Golf Course
Charlotte is home to several premier golf courses, including The Golf Club at Ballantyne, Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte Country Club, and Quail Hollow Club. (Are you eager to buy a home in 2017? If you love to golf, consider choosing one of these golf course homes in Charlotte.)
4. Go Hiking in Charlotte’s Parks
Want to go hiking, but don’t want to drive all the way to the North Carolina mountains? Hike along the trails at Reedy Creek Park, RibbonWalk Nature Preserve, or McDowell Nature Preserve. If you’re willing to drive just a few minutes outside of Charlotte, there are 30 miles of trails available in Lake Norman State Park.
5. Spend Time Exploring Charlotte’s Neighborhoods
If you’re eager to enjoy a warm day outside, spend time in Charlotte’s one-of-a-kind neighborhoods. Stroll through Dilworth to see quaint bungalows, stop by famous residences in Elizabeth, tour the museums near Fourth Ward, and finish the day browsing shops and restaurants in NoDa.
6. Use the Amenities in Your Neighborhood
You don’t need a gym membership when you have a fitness center in your own community! Several Charlotte neighborhoods offer plenty of amenities for you to stay active. Ardrey, for instance, offers a fitness center, swimming pool, and sidewalks.