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Forget about not having enough time to exercise or finding it a chore. Hendersonville NC is home to a wide range of fitness opportunities, many of which are free or low-cost. Regardless of your age, preferences, or current state of fitness, there are healthy things to do in Hendersonville NC that are enjoyable and accessible.

Take a look at the top weight loss activities Hendersonville people are taking part in right now!

Walking

There is absolutely no excuse not to be out and about, taking a stroll in one of Hendersonville’s many parks and open spaces. The park is a great place to walk, enjoy nature, and get away from the stress of everyday life for a while. Best of all, walking in the park is completely free!

If you wish, you can also use the park for jogging or performing your workout. There are several parks dotted across the city – check out the full list of local Hendersonville parks here.

Swimming

A great way to burn calories, swimming improves flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. It’s also ideal for people who find walking painful or difficult – many people find swimming a great exercise when they’re first starting their fitness journey, or when they’re recovering after injury.

Hendersonville is home to both indoor and outdoor pools – why not enjoy a swim at the YMCA, or the Hendersonville Racquet Club?

Hiking

If you’re a confident walker and want to enjoy a longer trek, have you considered hiking? There are some amazing areas of the wilder country around Hendersonville that are perfect for a more rugged walk. Just make sure you’ve got a decent pair of boots and have the right clothing and supplies for the weather.

Some of the best places to hike locally include the Oklawaha Greenway, the Kellogg nature trails, or, if you feel ready for a more challenging trek, consider the Green River hike, which starts over in Flat Rock.

Kayaking

Enjoy a water adventure in a kayak. Kayaking is an accessible sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and competencies. Some people choose to invest in a kayak to use locally; others prefer to rent a kayak or get some lessons to increase their confidence in the water.

Trying different activities can be a great way to remain motivated on your weight loss journey. In addition, many people prefer being outdoors to slogging away in the gym. If you want to give kayaking a go, there are a number of local kayak hire businesses, as well as some that offer lessons.

Golf

A game of golf is great exercise as well as a pleasant social occasion. Local golf courses in Hendersonville cater to novices, as well as more experienced players. Don’t be put off by golf’s reputation as an expensive sport. For beginners, in particular, it’s often less pricey than you might imagine. Take a look at the Crooked Creek Course, the Champion Hills Course, or the Hendersonville Country Club.

Fitness Classes

A favorite with many people, fitness classes are a great way to burn calories, improve cardio fitness, and, depending on the class, increase strength and/or flexibility. There are dozens of different classes available in Hendersonville, with something to suit all abilities and schedules. Some will require a gym membership, others allow participants to pay separately for each session.

If you feel self-conscious about attending an exercise class, don’t forget that there is a wide range of pre-recorded and live exercise classes online.  Check out Eventbrite or Youtube for details of online classes, many of which are completely FREE!

Tennis

Racquet sports are enormous fun, suitable for almost anyone and a chance to meet other people. Although places such as the Racquet Club have some great facilities for tennis, racquetball, pickleball and more, you can get the same amount of exercise by playing a scratch game in the park with a couple of old racquets and a ball.

Fitness for Seniors

Age really is just a number when it comes to fitness. There’s absolutely no reason why seniors can’t take part in regular classes. If you’re a senior who would prefer a class that’s tailored to your specific needs, venues such as the YMCA and the Silver Sneakers/Silver Fit options at the Racquet Club may be what you’re looking for.

Don’t forget that taking part in group fitness is a fantastic social opportunity. Loneliness can be an issue for older people – exercise can be a great way to make new friends and enhance your mental wellbeing, as well as improve your physical health.

Basketball/Volleyball

Team sports are always fun. Although there are a number of opportunities to play for an organized team in Hendersonville, remember that taking a ball to the park and having an informal game with a few friends (or hiring a court to play) will still burn calories and get your heart rate up.

Note that you don’t need to be a good player to enjoy the game or benefit physically from playing it.

Strength Training

There are several gyms in Hendersonville, NC, that can be a good option for people who like the exercise options on offer. Gyms are convenient, can be used in any weather, and require no specialist equipment beyond a good pair of trainers and loose clothing that you can move in.

Many personal trainers also work from gyms – if you’re having difficulty maintaining your exercise motivation, are new to exercise and don’t know where to start, or have specific exercise goals and want to know how best to reach them, a personal trainer could be for you.

Remember that there is no right or wrong way to exercise – as long as you’re moving, you’re doing it right! If you’re using exercise as part of a healthy approach to weight loss, it’s worth taking a look at the weight loss options offered by the team of professionals at Blue Sky MDGet in touch with the team to find out more about the weight loss assistance that’s available.