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Imagine it’s 1 p.m. on a beautiful Saturday in the fall. You just couldn’t get yourself up this morning to get to class or to the gym and now you are regretting it. If you solely attend S.W.E.A.T. you are unfortunately out of luck until tomorrow… or maybe not? NEPA isn’t the most exciting place to live, but there has to be some sort of fitness activity you can do. Can’t think of anything? Take a look our list and maybe you’ll feel inspired.

Back Mountain Trail, Dallas

Back Mountain Trail, Trucksville

Hiking
If there is one fitness related activity that NEPA has an abundance of, it’s hiking trails. Hiking is a great workout. You get some cardio and you use muscles you didn’t even know you had. (Trust me, they will hurt tomorrow!) You get to enjoy nature too. Fall is a wonderful time to hike. The temperature is moderate, the humidity is bearable and the scenery is gorgeous.

Local hiking/walking trails:
Frances Slocum State Park in Dallas
Rickett’s Glen State Park in Benton
Back Mountain Trail (beginning in Trucksville and running up to Dallas and back to Luzerne)
Black Diamond Trail near White Haven

Swimming
I know you are probably thinking, swimming, isn’t it too cold that? I’m not suggesting you jump in Lake Jean. Check out the local colleges and high schools. Many of them have open swim hours at their school pools for just a couple dollars. As a kid, this was one of my favorite things to do when the outdoor pools closed. I loved getting a few friends together and going to the Misericordia pool.  You can also call your local YMCA and see if they have public hours.

Rock Climbing
I have always wanted to seriously try rock climbing. I tried it once as a kid and didn’t have the confidence to actually give it a go. Fall/Winter would be the perfect time to call a few gym friends and spend an afternoon. The Wilkes-Barre Climbing Gym, near Movies 14, offers lessons, rentals and climbing. It’s not as cheap as going for a hike, but it would make for an interesting afternoon.

Trampoline Fun
This one is brand new to our area. I’ve heard about these huge facilities full of trampolines opening in other cities and now Pittston has one. Sky Zone Trampoline Park is open most of the day on weekends. Most of us haven’t bounced on a trampoline in years. I’m sure most of us have forgotten how much work it is. There’s a reason why they’re company says they have “number one ‘out of the box’ workout” around.

Ice Skating
This one may not be for everyone, but who doesn’t love reconnecting with their inner child? The Coal St Ice Rink has public skating hours twice on Saturdays and once on Sundays. Dig out your winter coat and gloves, pack up the kids and try an afternoon slip-slidey fun.

Hope you enjoyed this post and it helped you think of fun ways to be more active in NEPA.

-Aimee

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