Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but research suggests only a fraction keep them. In fact, only 8% of New Year’s resolutions are successfully achieved. Things like weight loss and getting more exercise are typically among the most popular resolutions. But if you’re like most people, your resolve to get in better shape, declutter your home, or learn a new language, or “be a better person” likely disappears by the time February arrives.
Top of most peoples’ lists is the desire to get back in shape after the food feats of the festive season. Working out takes grit and commitment, but here are 6 wonderful trails that you can use to action that New Year’s resolution and not become a statistic. The trails are all located near to St. Pete/ Clearwater, and there are breath-taking sights to enjoy along the way to make you forget that you are even exercising. Give them a try. And take lots of breaks along the way…because you deserve them.
1. Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail.
The Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail, also known as Clearwater East-West Trail, is a 13-mile bicycling and pedestrian trail corridor under development in Clearwater, Florida.
Make an early start at the Safety Harbor Marina and then proceed South along Bayshore Boulevard. When you hit Kapok Park, you have covered a whopping 3 miles! Swimming is a no-no around Alligator Creek for obvious reasons, but by all means, if you stop here, look around for signs of wildlife. Hungry and thirsty after such a grand effort? Take a stroll back to the Marina’s Main Street for some shopping and tasty treats.
Whether you want to walk, bike, fish, skateboard, stroll, jog, sprint, or just simply enjoy the mesmerizing view, you can do it on the North Bay Trail. This trail really caters to everyone. It stretches from Demen's Landing Park (south) to Rio Vista Park (north), The North Bay Trail provides a paved, scenic route where you can enjoy views of Tampa Bay, downtown St Petersburg, wildlife, boats, and beautiful old homes in the Old Northeast section of St Pete.
Once downtown, you can stop for a gelato at Paciuga's, a croissant at Cassis, or a chocolate at the new Kilwin's. If you are thirsty, stop for an ice-cold craft beer at Hops and Props, or a coffee at Coffee Pot Bayou. You have exercised, haven’t you?
3. Fort De Soto Park Trail.
Enjoy this gem of a trail. You can do it solo or with your canine running buddy who can socialize with other furry friends when you stop off at the Dog Park along the way. You will have stunning views of enticing beaches, and this is the perfect trail if you want to do a run-swim-run! There is a 5$ entrance fee to gain entry to this 7-mile paved route, but it is worth every cent spent.
This promenade starts from Pier 60 all the way to the South end of this world-class beach. The allure of all the shops, restaurants and bars might be a distraction but that’s ok too. It is all part of the experience. Who said anything about walking? Wear your swimwear under your gym kit if you are still set on exercising and have a swim in the ocean to cool down.
Named after a former Pinellas County administrator, the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, Downtown Dunedin is part of a whole 40-mile-long trail. You can leave your car at Hammock Park and then head towards Dunedin. Once again, there are so many quaint shops and restaurants and bars tempting you with delectable fare. Yes, you have set yourself a goal to get back in shape. But there is nothing stopping you after indulging along the way to get back on track! Literally….
6. Courtney Campbell Trail.
The Courtney Campbell Causeway is the northernmost bridge across Old Tampa Bay, connecting the State Road 60 between Clearwater and Tampa. This beautiful clean bridge/trail makes you feel energized for whatever workout you have chosen. There are walkers, cyclists, runners and rollerbladers taking advantage of the amazing views.
Whether you are exercising or just want to breathe in the fresh air and exquisite view of Tampa Bay, this is an amazing place to do it. Sunrise, sunset or anytime in between. There are loads of scenic stop-offs to enjoy a cold glass of something and a meal to satisfy the hunger after your vigorous exercise. Or your leisurely stroll. It’s also exercise!
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