No need to lose track of your fitness routine on vacation - here are our four favorite ways to get fit while playing outdoors in Knoxville! 

Out in Nature  
Use nature’s weights and obstacles on the Ijams Primal Playground at Mead's Quarry designed for strength in the great outdoors! The green workout space utilizes rocks, logs, and boulders to give you a new kind of workout. Instructional signage will guide you through different exercises to try out. Sweat your way through the three different sections: Stone, Wood, and Boulder Field, then top it all off with a hike up Tharp's Trace for a quick hike with big elevation gain.  

Trail in a forest

On the Trail  
The trails at IC King Park are great for breaking a sweat and you can burn up to 450 calories per hour while hiking! The 8.2 miles of trails offer several connections or shortcuts to tailor your workout to your needs. Bring your kayak for an extra arm workout on after you sweat it out on the trails. 

View From a Kayak

On the Water 
If you are looking for a great paddling workout, try putting in at Holston River Park and paddling to Island Home Airport. This paddle takes about 2 hours and will wind you through forested waters with lots of opportunities for wildlife sightings. Good news for you – paddling your kayak will burn roughly 283 calories per hour! 

Bicycles on a Greenway

 

On the Pavement 
Knoxville’s greenway system provides over 85 miles winding along natural features like streams, rivers, ridges, and open spaces. Head out on two wheels from Downtown to Volunteer Landing. From here the greenway extends 7 miles to the Bearden district by way of Second Creek Greenway connecting to the Third Creek Greenway. Based on the speed and intensity of your ride, you can burn anywhere from 245 calories on a leisurely ride to as much as 1022 calories on a very vigorous ride.  

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No bike, no kayak? No problem! Rentals are available from Knoxville Adventure Collective.