Earlier this month I outlined some of the great fitness clubs that the Daytona Beach area has to offer, and though their resources are plenty, they can also come with a hefty price tag at times. Exercising and staying in shape doesn’t have to cost you, but your physical health is priceless. Fortunately, the Port Orange & Daytona Beach areas offer many outdoor exercising opportunities. Below are some exercise options that are both freeing in the aesthetics of the outdoor atmosphere and also actually free, lightening the load on your pocketbook.
The Beach - “The world’s most famous exercise area” is not as catchy as other options but our area beaches are a great walking/running option. The beach offers great views, a perpetual breeze, and the option to dip in the water if you’d like to cool down. At low tide the beach is up to 500 feet wide and the length, of course, is entirely up to you. Also, the choice between exercising in the soft-sand closer to mainland or the compact sand at the water’s edge provides different training alternatives.
Bridges - The Daytona area bridges are a common interval-training stop for many due to the large inclines and declines. Here you can make your own routine for walking/running that provides an extra challenge from the usual flat landscape around Florida. Below are the lengths in feet of local bridges:
Port Orange Causeway (Dunlawton) - 750 ft
Broadway Bridge (International Spdwy Blvd) - 3,008 ft
Granada Bridge - 1,923 ft
Port Orange City Center Walking Trail - This 1/2-mile paved walking trail around the Port Orange City Center is a great option for exercisers of all walks. The short-distance trail circles a large pond nestled amongst trees and offers many scenic views, shade, and the occasional encounter with local birds and many turtles from the pond. Placed sporadically along the path, there are different calisthenic stations to enhance your workout. Open from sunrise to 11pm and accompanied with adequate lighting at night, the Port Orange City Center walking trail is both a safe and sensible option for families.
Ponce Preserve - The 2.4 mile walking trail here is one of those hikes where you may find yourself slowing your pace to take in the beautiful landscape. Located in Ponce Inlet (4400 block of South Atlantic and South Peninsula Drive) this park is home of the historic Green Mound, an ancient Indian midden that is an archeological mecca of our area. Due to this landscape, the trail itself can be a roller-coaster at times with moderate dips and steep climbs. At the base of the Green Mound you will find a massive live oak estimated to be over 350 years old. The trail is known for its abundance of bird life and draws many bird-watchers so keep an eye out. This park and accompanying trail offer adequate parking as well as restrooms. There is also picnic areas and playgrounds making this more than just a great exercise option.
These are just a few options but I’m sure I’ve missed a couple. Where do you enjoy exercising outdoors?