Denver is a city surrounded by nature. Our environment leads to the general desire to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Who can blame us? With the Rockies close by and numerous lakes, trails, and urban parks to choose from, there are plenty of places where we can bask in the sunshine and breathe in fresh air. At Chuze South Monaco, we recommend that you alternate your regular sweat sessions at the gym with any or all of these outdoor activities.
Biking In and Around the City
Biking is one of the best ways to get around Denver. There are 85 miles of bike trails and nearly 90 bike-sharing stations scattered through the city. Grab a friend or ride solo; make it leisurely or more adventurous and see the city by bike. If you’re feeling extra bold, then sign up for a road race and make it a competition. Denver Century Ride, Mount Evans Hill Climb, and the Courage Classic are all cyclist favorites that have race lengths from 5 to 50 miles and beyond.
Kayaking at Confluence Park
When summer temps arrive, what better way to stay cool and in shape than by kayaking? No gear? No problem. Confluence Kayaks provides everything you need to get started: rentals, lessons, and even river trips. Kayaking is an activity where no experience is required to get started, which means all levels are encouraged to enjoy. Work your arms and core while having fun on the water.
Reach New Heights with Rock Climbing
Rock climbing isn’t necessarily for the faint of heart, but once you feel the adrenaline rush, you’ll understand what the fuss is all about. Denver Climbing Company provides rock climbing excursions which include equipment, safety lessons, and supervisors. The climb is a challenge, and the views are awe-inspiring. Consider it fitness taken up a few notches.
Skiing and Snowboarding Aplenty
Summer isn’t the only season when outdoor activity abounds. People flock from near and far to Denver, as well as the surrounding communities come snow season. Snowboarding and skiing are both favored Colorado activities, and there are varying levels to meet the needs of everyone. It’s easy to spend a whole day hitting the slopes. Then, a soak in the hot tub is the perfect way to wind down.
Fly Fishing in the Heart of Denver
Fly fishing takes a particular skill which can be taught by dedicated anglers who live to fish. Take a class, join a fishing trip, or practice your skills at one of Denver’s local fly fishing company. It’s a unique way to stay active outdoors and possibly take up a new hobby. You might be surprised at how much patience and arm strength casting a line over and over requires.
Show Off Your Skills at Denver Skatepark
If you’ve wanted to break out your skateboard or rollerblades, the Denver Skatepark is the place for you. There are over 60,000 square feet of skating surface. Admission is free, and the park is open seven days a week. Go during a time that’s not as crowded to shred to your heart’s content. For new skaters, start slow and don’t forget your helmet!
Hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park
Hiking is a favorite pastime of many, and there are plenty of trails in and around Denver to climb. But you can’t call yourself an outdoor enthusiast without spending ample time in Rocky Mountain National Park. It boasts 76 mountains and over 412 square miles for some serious hiking. Fortunately, there’s a trail level for everyone from beginner to expert with beautiful views and wildlife to make the trip that much more enjoyable. Lace up your sneakers and remember to stretch beforehand.
Denver is an outdoor enthusiast’s exercise dream. Whether you’re training for a big bike race or working your way up to hiking a challenging summit, you can improve your strength and endurance right here with us at Chuze.
We also love to get outside whenever we can. The Fitness on the Rocks event drew a crowd of nearly 10K last summer, and we hope to see even more attend this year. It’s a full day of fitness activity at one of the most beautiful locations available – Red Rocks Amphitheatre. We hope to see you there, on the trail, or in the gym soon!