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Stay Fit on Vacation: 4 Easy Ways to Get Physical This December in Niagara

image001While it isn’t the first thing listed on most Niagara Falls itineraries, for many vacationers, staying in shape while traveling is still a goal they work hard to reach. After all, vacation is often a time of hearty eating and drinking, which means exercise — while a little tougher to convince yourself to do — is even more welcome than normal. If you’re planning a trip to Niagara this December, and you’re worried about being able to stay on top of your fitness goals, don’t be. The place is teeming with unique opportunities that will make moving your body more fun than ever.

1. First Fridays Swing Fever

On Friday, December 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., join other lovers of culture, history, music, and dancing for a night of fun that will barely register in your mind as exercise. Every first Friday of the month at the Niagara Falls History Museum, you can dance the night away to a live band, while enjoying hors d’oeurves and drinks. Tickets are just $10, and, if you’re serious about it, you can get a great workout while having a great time. Of, course, if you aren’t serious about it, you can still have a fantastic evening that just happens to include dancing. How you look at it is up to you.

2. Hiking

image003There are so many opportunities to get outside in the cooling late autumn and early winter air in the Niagara region that it’s impossible to list all of them. From the Niagara Glen to the many conservation areas filled with trails that dot the Niagara Peninsula, how much or little you want to get outdoors, enjoy the scenery, and get your blood pumping is entirely up to you. Rest assured, however, that you will not want for beautiful places to hike in the Niagara region during the month of December.

3. Community Yoga

A join venture of Shine On Yoga and the Niagara Falls History Museum, you can also take part in free community yoga classes — even if you’ve never done yoga before. On Thursday, December 3 and Thursday, December 17 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., join other yogis of all skill levels at the museum for a free class that will stretch you, relax you, and, in general, create a context of improved health. The class is limited to 20 people, so get there early to make sure you get a spot. Of course, there are also plenty of yoga studios throughout the Niagara region if you’d like to fit in more yoga during your stay.

4. The Hotel’s Fitness Center

The Sheraton on the Falls is an ideal hotel for staying on top of your fitness goals while on vacation. With a fitness center outfitted with everything from stationary bikes and treadmills to elliptical machines and free weights, you’re more than equipped to get in your daily workout. There’s also an indoor pool where you can swim, and we offer a series of workout programs you can download if you’d like a little guidance.

Don’t set aside your health and exercise goals just because you’re on vacation. When you’re visiting Niagara, staying in shape can be part of the fun.