Archive | October, 2013

Outdoor October: 5 Delaware Parks for a Great Workout!

16 Oct
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Bored of the gym workouts? Tired of seeing the same old machines and weights? Take advantage of the great outdoors while we still have the temperature and the daylight! I’m calling it Outdoor October. (Hint: Guess what my next twitter hashtag is?) October is one of my favorite months, it marks the start of Fall in my book and the outdoors look beautiful. Here are my top five picks of parks right here in your backyard (New Castle County, Delaware) that makes for well-rounded workouts!

Lums Pond State Park: Located in Bear, DE off of route 896, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite parks. There are 5 sections of this park, each has its own activities to enjoy. I also believe each zone has a pavilion area for BBQ and parties. This park has nature trails for hiking and horseback riding, basketball and volleyball courts. Then there are the water activities: Paddle boats, kayaks, canoe, sailboats for rent (by the hour or by the day) that make for a great upper and lower body workout. During kayaking last month, I was feeling the burn within the first 10 minutes! It is a great switch up to workout on the water vs. land. Something about not wanting to fall into water intensifies your workout instantly! Last but not least, a company called “Go Ape” does zip lining and obstacle courses right inside the park! 5 zip lines and multiple obstacle courses that take up a 2-3 fun and exhilarating hours, perfect for group activities!

Bellevue State Park: This is a true hidden treasure for workout enthusiasts. There is a unique dirt track a little over 3 miles (Great for you 5k runners or any walk/runners). Along the running path, there are workout stations about every quarter mile that challenges you for some push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, squats and more! Also there are great trails for you mountain bikers and cross-country runners. Bring the family and enjoy Bellevue State Park’s playgrounds or a round of Frisbee golf!

Glassgow Park: Located off on Rt. 40, this park is great for anyone that lives in the Bear/Glasglow/Newark area. The park is a little over 3 miles on a paved trail along with workout stations. However, this park has hidden challenges that I love: There are grassy hills in the center for some great uphill/downhill runs and drills. Glasglow is the perfect park for families, equipped with a huge playground, basketball courts and state-of-the-art Skate Park for all you X Gamers.

Brandywine Creek State Park: Calling all hikers, trail runners, horseback riders, mountain bikers and cross trainers!  Did you know that this park spans over 900 acres? Yes, and all the way in Pennsylvania. The park maintains 14 miles of trail for any outdoor exercises, with a great open field perfect for picnics, Frisbee and even kite-flying. When the temperature drops, I’ve heard this is the place for cross-country skiing and sledding, how fun! While you’re here, don’t forget to grab the camera to snap some pics of Delaware’s first two nature preserves-The Tulip Tree Woods and Freshwater Marsh.

Brandywine Zoo Park: Just like Delaware, this park is a small wonder. I also may be biased since I live within walking distance to this park. It is located along Lovering Avenue with multiple entrances (Trolley Square, Market Street & more) and is home to the Brandywine Zoo. The oval-shaped lap is close to 2.5 miles and crosses over the Brandywine River. The paved path is consists of small inclines and declines. Whether you run, jog or walk, you will take in the beautiful view of the trees while being paralleled to the river. Hear the sounds of river and even the animals!

So get dressed, get out and experience what Mother Nature has to offer for you and your family! For questions on outdoor workouts and about the parks mentioned in this post, contact me at u1sthw.falaq@gmail.com.