Almost everyone neglects the gym once in a while. After months of monotony on a treadmill, sometimes the biggest obstacle to staying active and fit isn’t laziness—it’s boredom. Luckily, Dallas offers plenty of trails, from tree-lined jogs through scenic nature paths to paved neighborhoods and parks. Switching things up may be just the motivation you need to stay active.
Here are a few favorite spots to get in your daily cardio:
1. Cedar Ridge Preserve: Seasoned runners and beginners alike can enjoy this nine-mile jaunt through nature. With wildflowers and butterfly gardens, the scenic path is sure to offer plenty of variety, both visually and in terms of terrain. Better yet, this trail is bike-free, allowing runners to enjoy its many benefits without high-traffic peddling.
2. DORBA Trail: The Dallas Off Road Bicycle Associate offers three loops to accommodate anyone looking for a quick run, or something a little more challenging. These hilly paths are shaded, which is ideal for the summer months when running on black pavement is particularly grueling. Winding trails are great for runners as well as hikers.
3. East Mesquite Trail: At a quick 1.5 miles, the East Mesquite Trail is a great option for anyone who may just be warming up to the idea of an outdoor jaunt. The trail cuts through three parks (meaning there are water fountains available), as well as a half-mile natural surface loop.
4. Big Cedar Wilderness: With plenty of peaks and valleys as well as a tunnel, there’s no shortage of variety on this challenging trail. The 13-mile path offers much for the experienced runner, and is a great way to get some cardio as well as toning on uphill climbs.
5. Sansom Park: At a modest 2.2 miles, the Sansom trail is manageable for beginners, and with plenty of rocks and roots, it’s sure to keep more experienced runners on their toes. The best part? This trail welcomes your four-legged friend, so the whole family can stay fit.
An hour of aerobic activity each day is a surefire way to jumpstart your metabolism and burn extra calories, and it’s an essential part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Luckily, exercise doesn’t need to feel like a chore. Getting outdoors and enjoying a scenic adventure may prove beneficial for both body and mind.