Milwaukee is known for rollerbladers on the lake, bike paths, and yoga studios galore! Why not make exercise part of getting to know the city?
In Milwaukee, both residents and employers have become increasingly focused on wellness and promoting healthy lifestyles. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), has helped Milwaukee to become the largest city in the nation to earn the coveted Well City USA silver-level designation. This title means that across Milwaukee, 30% of the workforce can access formal wellness programs.
Local Health Clubs in the Milwaukee area are great destinations to seek out fitness activities. Elite Sports Clubs have five locations in the Greater Milwaukee area. Their facilities provide sports programs for all ages, over 250 free exercise classes, swimming pools, State-of-the-Art fitness centers, and more. The YMCA is another large contributor in promoting an active lifestyle. The nine centers in Metropolitan Milwaukee support wellness programs, personal training, swimming lessons, and countless activities for individuals and families. The YMCA is an affordable destination for anyone in Milwaukee to get active and live a healthy life.
Bike riding is another large contributor to a healthy Milwaukee! Recently, the downtown area implemented a bike share program called “Bublr Bikes.” The organization is planning to launch at least 100 bike stations throughout Milwaukee and the surrounding suburbs in the next year. If you go to the Bublr website, you cansuggest a location for a bike station to be built near you!
If you have a bike for cruising around, be adventurous and enjoy one of the many bike paths around Milwaukee. First, head tomapmyride.com to see 363 different cycling routes in Milwaukee! The site also provides info about Milwaukee weather conditions, cycling events, and cycling stories. The courses are fun and unique to Milwaukee! You can try the “Miler” course, “Milwaukee River West Side,” “Uphill Fun,” or the “MKE River Loop.” Another option is to download the Wisconsin bicycle map for a visual of where trails are located.
Along with biking, yoga is another popular activity among Milwaukee residents. It’s a relaxing form of exercise that strengthens both the body and mind. Take an early morning class to awaken your soul, or go with a group of friends on the weekend to enjoy yoga together. A number of studios can be found around Milwaukee:
Find your own way to enjoy being active in Milwaukee and run with it! There are many opportunities to stay fit, meet new people, and discover Milwaukee by staying active!