I appreciate a sweat-inducing indoor cycling class. Or the moment in a yoga class when you can finally balance in tree pose without all that erratic wobbling and arm-flailing. But in Maine, being fit isn’t just about feats at the gym or stamina on the treadmill. And it definitely has nothing to do with pant size. It’s about being able to do all the cool stuff there is to do around here. Like paddling Casco Bay and taking a lunch stop at Fort Gorges. Like doing paddleboard yoga at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth. Like entering the amateur biathlon at Hidden Valley Nature Center or experimenting with skate skiing at Harris Farm in Dayton.
These are the things that fond weekend memories are made of. It also happens that doing lively, active stuff is an excellent way to exercise your bod (but I don’t call it “exercise.” I call it “doing fun stuff”).
So that’s what I’ll be rounding up here: The million-and-one mud runs, boxing classes, hikes, road races, rock gyms, bike treks, aerial yoga classes, ski clinics, full moon hikes, snowshoes, open-water swims and more that Maine has to offer, so we can all take advantage.
And who knows, maybe we’ll all get totally ripped in the process. Or at least have a hell of a good time trying.
– Shannon Bryan