Outdoor wellness in Central New York

When it comes to outdoor wellness and exercise, there’s no shortage of adventurous options here in Central New York. From canoeing on the canal to lakeside biking to standup paddle boarding, you’re sure to find a spot to get moving while taking in our fresh air, beautiful landscape and all the good feels of a great adventure or a more serene scene. Try them all.

Sunrise Yoga

Shake up your morning wellness routine and wake up with the sun. Try sunrise yoga in Clinton Square in Downtown Syracuse. Part of Metro Fitness’ Wellness Wednesdays program, this morning group workout takes place every summer. Go to http://getmetrofit.com of follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for times.

Lakeside legwork

Take a bike out to Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool. With easy paths for runners, walkers, bikers, dog walkers and skaters, you’re just minutes from Downtown Syracuse. Go to https://www.onondagacountyparks.com/

Get a Gotcha

Explore Syracuse on wheels. Download the SYNC app by Gotcha Bike to get on a bike and go. Try a route through Syracuse University, along the Creekwalk or through Downtown Syracuse.

Canal route

Explore the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park via bike, walk, canoe or kayak. It’s 36 miles stretch of the historic Erie Canal, running west from Butternut Creek near Syracuse to just outside of Rome. With wetlands, woodlands and a towpath from which you can view the canal’s original aqueducts. Go to https://parks.ny.gov/

Raging rapids

Check out the wild waters of Oswego County with white water rafting on The Salmon River. You can book a trip with Adventure Calls Outfitters for gear, raft and safety instructions. A guide will take you down the river and buses will transport you to and from the rafting site. Go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/

With a paddle

Work your balance with standup paddle boarding. Rent a SUP board, kayak or canoe or get started with lessons. You’ll find plenty of spots to explore in Cayuga County waterways. Visit https://www.tourcayuga.com/

Go geo

This adventure combines the great outdoors and local history. Explore Cortland County with geocaching. Armed with your GPS, discover 20 caches throughout the area all while learning about a history that includes underground railroads, The Civil War and baseball. Go to https://www.experiencecortland.com/

It’s also worth noting that a recent study from Filterbuy ranked Syracuse no. 4 on a list of metropolitan areas with some of the best air quality in the nation. The findings came from an analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 Air Quality Index. How’s that for fresh air?