Outdoor and Active

Stay fit in Tempe, from outdoor activities to spinning classes

There are lots of ways to be active in Tempe, Arizona. It’s a fun college town with hiking and running trails, miles of bike paths, and lots of sunshine to go around. Staying fit in Tempe just goes with the territory. Here are a few of our favorite ways to stay active, be well and eat healthy in Tempe.

Stay fit in Tempe

Spin classes at The Madison

Sometimes it takes a bit of distraction for me to finish a workout. That’s where The Madison comes in. This cycling studio is located at First Street and Farmer Avenue in Downtown Tempe. They have classes daily, ranging in start times from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The high-energy studio, complete with floor to ceiling bright lights that pulse with the beat of the music, features 60 bikes. Their instructors are top-notch and really know how to motivate you during your 50-minute class. You’ll embrace their tag line, Party on a Bike® because it feels more like a dance party than a workout. And, if you plan ahead, stop by the Culinary Dropout for post-workout nosh. This cool gastropub is located in the same building.

Paddle boarding at Tempe Town Lake

Stand-up paddle boarding is my favorite way to explore Tempe Town Lake. It’s easier than you might think to balance on these over-sized surfboards. And, it’s a great workout to boot.

Our friends at Tempe Boat Rentals rent stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, row boats, pedal boats and electric boats. They rent them hourly and in 2-hour increments. Either will give you plenty of time to see everything from Sun Devil Stadium to Tempe Center for the Arts. Check the Tempe Boat Rentals for hours of operation, monthly specials, and more information.

Fitness Classes at Tempe Marketplace

There’s something about working out outside that’s a little more appealing than a gym.  Fit4Mom classes are held near the splash pad.  The classes are a great way for moms to meet other moms while spending time with the little ones. BONUS – you are getting fit or staying fit in Tempe at the same time! You’ll find Fit4Mom also offers classes at Kiwanis Park or the Phoenix Zoo, just north of our downtown area. To learn more about Stroller Barre®, Stroller Strides® or Body Ignite, visit fit4mom.com.

Yoga at local studios

CorePower Yoga offers classes that range in challenge, range and style to fit every experience level.  This studio offers many different styles and classes to fit your busy schedule. If you are new to yoga or you want to mix up your yoga routine, check out CorePower Yoga.

Yoga to the People offers yoga that can be financially accessible to all because it’s a suggested donation to attend. Located in the heart of Downtown Tempe, discover a wonderful studio with Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Check out their studio times by visiting their website.

Twisted Yoga Studios is there to help you stretch deeper and challenge all of your body parts. The classes are open to first time students to well-versed yogis. Check out their schedule and see when you’ll try this fun yoga trend with your friends.

Phoenix Rock Gym

Go rock climbing without leaving the comfort of air conditioning at the Phoenix Rock Gym.  No experience is necessary. Just show up equipped with nothing more than your sense of adventure, and they will teach you everything. They provide all the climbing gear you’ll need to succeed. There is every level of difficulty, so whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned climber. Remember, it’s mind over matter. The staff is super helpful and will take you to greater heights! Adding this to your routine even monthly will encourage you to stay fit in Tempe by keeping your workouts fresh.

Find balance with these wellness options

True REST Float Spa 

This isn’t a spa where you walk in, get a massage, and then hop right back in your car. Instead, you can treat yourself to something unique and beneficial for both emotional and physical health. The most popular service offered by True REST Float Spa is the Flotation Therapy. You’re lay in Epsom salt infused water inside of a “Float Pod.” This allows you to feel weightless and causing your body to completely relax. Flotation Therapy boasts the ability to lower stress as well as pain within the physical body. It’s is a great option for those who live a hectic lifestyle, or simply people who wish to try something that is new and good for the mind and body.

Narande Spa

If you are looking for a spa that’s a little more traditional, the Narande Spa is perfect for you. It offers all of the traditional spa options, like massages, pedicures and skin treatments. The spa is located at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes. BONUS – anyone who gets a spa treatment gets pool access for the day. Relaxing poolside is the perfect way to extend your bliss after your spa visit.

Discover a taste of Tempe’s healthy cuisine (that isn’t boring)

Now that you’re armed with all of these fitness and wellness options in Tempe, AZ, don’t forget about nutrition. Tempe has a wealth of restaurants, many with healthy options like salads, smoothies and low-cal dishes. There are also several popular vegetarian and vegan eateries for you to explore in Tempe. If you’d rather prepare your own healthful meals or grab snacks, you can’t go wrong with Whole Foods (newly opened in Downtown Tempe) or Trader Joe’s.

What are your favorite activities that help you stay motivated? Tell us in the comments below.

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Toni Smith
Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.