How Northeast Ohioans Get Active

Just because the cold temperatures have settled in the Northeastern Ohio region doesn’t mean that it’s time for its residents to hibernate. From Akron to Cleveland, from Youngstown to Sandusky, the good people of our area keep moving and get healthy by staying active all year round. So if you’re looking for some inspiration on how to stay active around NEO this winter, check out these hip new offerings and some good old standbys.

Ride It Out

Warmer weather might seem light years away, but that doesn’t mean time on your bike has to be minimal. Give indoor bike riding a try at Ray’sMTB in Cleveland. Ray’s is a fun, no attitude, indoor bicycle park welcoming riders of all ages and skill level. Open from October to April to provide a winter alternative to storing your two-wheeler, portions of the park may be open on select summer weekends when it does warm up again. Come for a day, a weekend or even purchase a season pass to enjoy all the jumps and features this bike park has to offer.

Tread Lightly

If you have a love-hate relationship with the treadmill, RiPT Fitness has a unique offering you should give a try. Located in Beachwood, RiPT’s high-intensity workouts feature Woodway Curve treadmills that allow fitness buffs burn 30% more calories and experience less impact on the joints than motorized treadmills. RiPT offers their workouts several times throughout the day, so there’s a time that fits for the early birds and the night owls.


A different approach to the treadmill we’ve all known as the winter standby. (Photo from RiPT Fitness Facebook page)


The Climb

All those cold temperatures have you climbing the walls of your home? Burn off some cooped up energy by heading out (& up!) on an indoor rock climbing expedition. Enjoy one of the great outdoors’ most enjoyable activities in an indoor setting at one of these options around the Northeastern Ohio area:

Please note that some are located at college facilities. Call ahead to check availability.

Tune It Up

Making its home in CrossFit boxes and yoga studios alike, Yoga Tune Up® is Northeastern Ohio’s newest way to feel better in your body. This fitness/yoga therapy format helps to eradicate pain, improve posture and enhance performance through a unique blend of corrective exercise, self-massage, yoga & stress reduction techniques. Helping to identify your body’s “blind spots”, Yoga Tune Up® heals damaged muscle, increases strength and establishes healthy movement patterns. The hot spots for Yoga Tune Up in Northeastern Ohio include Evolution Yoga in Warrensville Heights and CrossFit C-Town in Fairview Park, bringing together bendy yogis and heavy lifters alike.

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Tools of the trade: these self-massage balls are just a few of the props used during a Yoga Tune Up® session.

Go Ahead and Jump!

Ready to take flight but are trying to avoid those pricey airline costs? Check out Sky Zone, the world’s first indoor trampoline park. With locations in Westlake, Highland Heights and Boston Heights, they promise one of the greatest workouts “ever” combined with awesome, healthy fun. Perfect for kids of all ages, so why not kick off your shoes and jump for the sky?! 

Hit the Slopes

A benefit to a climate with a winter like ours is the opportunity to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and other related activities. Local options include:

My personal recommendation: a hot cocoa to end the day on the slopes always hits the spot.

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My brother Drew on the way to finishing his first marathon, the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

Run for Warmer Weather

Runners all over Northeastern Ohio start their training for the annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon months ahead of its start in mid-May. The diehards keep hitting the pavement with a few more layers on through the end of winter, but most head indoors to their local gyms and community centers to prep for those 26.2 miles. With the strong Cleveland running community, local 5K and fun runs happen practically every weekend starting in the spring. Prefer to take your time training through the summer? Prep for the Rubber City Race Series (previously known as the Akron Marathon) this fall and its one-mile, 8K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon options. Prefer a more festive holiday offering? You’ve got nearly a year to train for the Cedar Point Santa Hustle 5K in Sandusky in December. So many races — so many miles!


Alicia Hansen
Alicia Hansen

Alicia Hansen is the writer behind the blog, Always Alicia (formerly Poise in Parma). In her professional life, Alicia is a marketing director & event professional. In her spare time, she teaches yoga around Northeast Ohio. She's the mama to a beautiful baby girl, wife to a rocket scientist and dog mom to two Golden Retrievers. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @aliciamhansen.