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So many ways to get fit in Maine: From mountain hikes to paddleboard yoga. Let’s do them all!

So many ways to get fit in Maine: From mountain hikes to paddleboard yoga. Let’s do them all!

March 28, 201511132Views

What’s your next adventure?

It’s a question I get asked a lot. I’ve been writing about fun things to do in Maine for over 13 years, and I make it my business to know about all coolest ways to be active and get outdoors in Maine. (Lucky for me, there’s no shortage of excellent options – from fly bungee fitness to skiing in a Santa suit. I don’t know who comes up with this stuff, but I love them.)

And because it’s my nature, I can’t help but share every fun, unique, maybe-slightly-weird thing I discover (usually with enthusiasm and good energy and occasional references to tater tots). I want everyone to love and enjoy all there is to do in Maine, just as much as I do.

This here website, Fit Maine, was launched in 2015 as a side project where I could write about the entertaining and memorable stuff I was doing on evenings and weekends. Mostly that stuff included sweat-inducing indoor cycling classes, mountain summits, and that moment in a yoga class when I could finally balance in tree pose without clinging to the studio wall. Since then there’s also been waterfall rappelling, ice climbing, Witches rides, solstice paddles, Toboggan Championships, boxing, trapeze, and cross-country skiing followed by swimming in an outdoor heated pool.

In early 2019, I launched the Fit Maine Social Club, a year-round membership club where we go do fun active stuff TOGETHER. And dang, do we have a grand time in the process.

To me, 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 making 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.

Outdoors in Maine wearing a costume and hanging out with a yeti = pretty much how I’d like to spend every day of my life. Photo from Santa Sunday at Sunday River. Shannon Bryan photo

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 (but I don’t call it “exercise.” I call it “doing fun stuff that also happens to be good for my bod”).

So that’s what I write about 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.

Shannon Bryan, founder of Fit Maine, during her regular appearance on 207.

I also have the pleasure of appearing regularly on 207 to talk about fun, active stuff to do around Maine (but of course). And I emcee local events.

So let’s get out there and try new things and make some amazing Maine memories. Maybe we’ll all get totally ripped in the process. We’ll definitely have a hell of a good time trying.

– Shannon Bryan

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Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.