Up and Moving
Warm up to these safe outdoor exercise options across Dallas-Fort Worth
In the two months since Dallas went into lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic, you've probably done (or at least tried) every virtual workout available.
But now restrictions are loosening and you might be getting tired of your at-home athletics set-up — no offense, hard-working yoga mat. Even with some gyms reopening, not everyone is ready to get sweaty indoors surrounded by other people, even if they do promise to stay six feet away.
Enter this list: a curated selection of exercise options that take place in the great outdoors. Some can be enjoyed solo while others are technically part of a group, but by their very design you'll be a lot farther away from the other participants than if you were on that row of Treadmills.
Event: Body Before Brunch
Date: May 24, 8:30–11 am (Gates open at 8:30; class begins at 9)
Location: The Eye at the Joule
Description: Enjoy a 50-minute workout by Freedom, a new mindful and athletic practice launching in Dallas, followed by a brunch to-go from Queso Beso. Founder Cody Shelton will lead a mindful, high-intensity, high-energy strength and conditioning class suitable for all levels. You must bring your own mat, and class size is obviously limited. Each person attending is required to have purchased a $35 ticket in advance.
Event: Dogma Soul Hike
Date: June 6, 10 am-12 pm
Location: Santa Fe Trail near Lindsley Park
Description: Bring your No. 1 quarantine buddy — your pup — along for a leashed morning hike, followed by a gentle, all-levels yoga session in the park. You can also purchase a hand-dyed mask and bandana set to look stylish while you social distance. Entry fees are $40 for the hike, yoga, and mask and bandana set; $30 for just the hike, yoga, and bandana; and $20 for hike and yoga only. Don't worry if you don't have a dog — you're still welcome to participate!
Event: Third Saturday Trail Walks
Date(s): June 20, July 18, August 15
Location: Various parks in Frisco
Description: Each of these short, guided, free walks has a theme, and are suitable for all ages and abilities. The first is at Beavers Bend Park, with a flat, paved trail that's suitable for walkers and strollers. The second is at Frisco Commons Park and is devoted to nature journaling, and the third is a pup-focused walk around Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt.
Event: Sunrise Hike with Super Yoga Palace
Date: July 11, 6-8:30 am
Location: Trinity River Audubon Center
Description: Get your feet in the earth and celebrate summer with a community hike led by Kristin Goss. The hike is free, but you must RSVP here and will need to pay your own admission to the TRAC.
Location: Downtown Dallas parks
Description: Main Street Garden and Pacific Plaza offer ample green space for a jog alone or with your quarantine buddies, and off-the-beaten-path spots such as Lubben Plaza offer a nice respite of shade.
Location: Fort Worth parks
Description: Looking to be one with nature while staying far away from everybody else? Visit Fort Worth has rounded up 10 off-the-beaten-path parks to stroll through, along with resources for renting bikes. It also offers a few reminders about social distancing and ways to keep safe while out and about — something we all could use a refresher on.