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So you partied the night away and woke up to a fresh new year on the calendar. You know what that means? It is time to make that resolution to lose weight/ eat healthy/ exercise more. Grand Rapids is filled with gyms, studios, and workout facilities.

But whether you are a local or just visiting for the weekend, don't think that a Michigan winter means you have to head indoors to get fit. Here are some great options for outdoor winter fitness in the area.

  • Ice skating: We do have several indoor ice rinks in town, but the best place to ice skate in Grand Rapids has got to be Rosa Parks Circle. Located on the corner of Monroe Ave and Pearl Street, it is the perfect way to burn a few calories and enjoy beautiful downtown Grand Rapids. Hours are Sun-Th noon-9:30pm and Fr- Sat noon- 10pm. Skating is $2 for adults and $1 for kids with free skate rental.
  • Downhill Skiing: Cannonsburg is our very own ski slope right in Grand Rapids. Whether you are a skier or a snowboarder, you will enjoy the 19 runs varying in difficulty. There is a ski school for newbies and ski rental for anyone who needs equipment. You can find all the hours, rates and information on the Cannonsburg website.
  • Cross Country Skiing: There are lots of beautiful trails tucked away throughout the city. Kent Trails or Donald Lamoreaux Park are great places to check out if you are a beginner. And if you don't have your own equipment check out Bill and Paul's which rents cross country skis by the day.
  • Snowshoeing: It burns a ton of calories and is fun for the whole family. There are actually several places around Grand Rapids to snowshoe, especially if you have your own equipment. But if you want to learn about snowshoeing and take your first trip with a group, then check out Pierce Cedar Creek Institute on January 25th for their Moonlight Snowshoe Hike. You can rent snowshoes at the event and best of all there will be hot cocoa and treats to reward you for your efforts. Hike begins at 7pm and is $6.