6 Ways to Stay Fit and Active in Somerville

This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of some of the ways you can stay active in Somerville. We’re lucky to have some great facilities that are easily accessible and a mayor that’s focused encouraging residents to eat healthy and get fit. Here are six ways you can get up and out this summer.

  1. Take a walk. Probably the simplest and gentlest exercise at all is just taking a stroll in your neighborhood. I love getting out to stretch my legs after dinner on a nice summer night. Dropping by the dog park at Summer and Putnam streets to see whether Zeus is out and wandering down streets I’ve never traveled before are two of my favorite things to do while walking around town. We have so many nice walkable sidewalks and neighborhoods in Somerville that it’s easy to get out and explore them.
  2. Run hills. In Somerville, we’re also blessed (cursed?) to have lots of hills. They’re part of what makes our city unique and gives it so much character. If you’re a runner and want to improve, running up and down the city’s hills, especially Prospect (killer stairs!), will get you in great shape and prepare you to take on some of the road races in Somerville.
  3. Ride your bike. You can start on the bike path on Cedar Street and follow that to Davis then cross over Mass Ave. and keep going until you hit Alewife. There, join up with the Minuteman Bikeway, which you can ride all the way to Bedford, traveling through places like Arlington and Lexington. You’re never far from those town centers, so stop to grab a coffee or lunch along the way.
  4. Play tennis. One of my favorite things to do on sunny summer mornings is play tennis at the courts at Foss Park. Tennis courts aren’t always easy to find and access, so having some close by is a real treat. The courts aren’t usually very crowded and playing tennis is a great way to get fit and have fun with friends.
  5. Rent a boat. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County operate the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on the Mystic River during the summer. There you can rent boats at the very reasonable price of $10 per hour from 9 .a.m-3 p.m. on weekdays. This is a great way to get on the water and stay active while doing so!
  6. Go Swimming. Head to Dilboy Pool or Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool to take a dip on a hot summer day! At Dilboy, children get in for $1, adults for $2 and you can buy a $20 family pass that’s good for the entire season. Dilboy pool is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. from July 1-August 24. Latta Brothers (located at Foss Park) opens June 23.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit and active in Somerville in warmer months?

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  1. If you want a real workout on your bike, you don’t have to turn around at Bedford. Two lesser-known unpaved trails continue from Bedford, north to Billerica and west to Concord. Trail maps and guides are available at http://www.bedforddepot.org/railtrails/index.html .

    Once you get to Concord, if you don’t want to return all the way to Somerville by bike, you can get a commuter train back to Belmont or Porter Square.

    Ron Newman
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