Ten Cheap Ways to Get Moving In Memphis
Updated January 2020.
Congratulations if you’re still hanging on to your New Year’s resolutions. Personally I’m not a fan of NY resolutions, because I relish the opportunity to start over every day rather than just one time a year. Whatever your philosophy on getting in shape/back in shape/staying in shape, here are 10 easy, inexpensive ways to combat all of the amazing food you’re going to eat in Memphis this year:
1. Join a team. Working out alone isn’t for everybody. For those of you that need a little bit of support, grab some friends and join some adult sports. There are more than ever in Memphis now:
– The City of Memphis hosts leagues for softball, kickball, basketball, soccer, flag football and coed volleyball
– Grind City Memphis is an organization that hosts leagues for flag football and soccer.
– Riverfront Parks Partnership has hosted soccer tournaments and leagues in the past.
– Memphis Roller Derby has teams and rec league play.
– The Memphis Hash House Harriers are a drinking club with a running problem.
– 901 Volleyball hosts their own sand volleyball tournaments at Railgarten, and keeps tabs on local volleyball leagues and tourneys in the area.
2. Walk, run, skate or bike the Greenline. The seven-mile long paved trail runs along an old railroad line from Tillman and Walnut Grove in Midtown to Shelby Farms park in East Memphis. The trail is free and open daily from sunrise to sunset. At some point, allegedly, a two-mile long extension – the Hampline – will connect the Greenline to the existing Overton Park pathways.
The Greenline! (or part of it).
3. Take advantage of the 60+ miles of bike lanes that traverse the city. Whether you’re using them for fun or for commuting, we’ve got lanes in five different neighborhoods and one route around the city core (go here for a map).
4. Join Explore Bike Share.
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If you want to ride the Greenline or check out the bike lanes…or want to try to get in some miles in but don’t have wheels, you have to check out the Explore Bike Share program that launched in Memphis in 2018. There are 60 stations (downtown, midtown, and South Memphis) and 600 bicycles. and you can rent bikes on a daily, monthly or yearly basis via the Bcycle app on your smartphone, or the kiosks located at bike stations. Check out the map here.
5. Take advantage of Memphis’ huge urban parks, including River Fit. At Overton Park in Midtown, you can golf, walk through the Old Forest, play soccer or football on the giant field or play on the playground. At Shelby Farms, there are trails (both paved and not), horseback riding, playgrounds, paddle boats and plenty of wide open spaces. Downtown, check out the River Fit fitness course at Tom Lee Park and get in shape right by the river.
Overton Park Rainbow Lake Playground
6. For those in need of a challenging and free work out, run the stairs that run up the bluffs downtown. The first trip up won’t be so bad, but subsequent trips may prove to be a bit of a challenge.
7. Join a free running group, like one of the several hosted by Breakaway Running, Outdoors, Inc., or Fleet Feet. They have groups for beginners, trail runners, and people who like to drink beer before and/or after their run. Check out all the groups here.
8. Train for the 2020 St. Jude Marathon. It’s not until December 5, 2020, so you’ve got plenty of time to get to a point where 26.2 miles is easy. Or, you know, easier.
9. Reach new heights at High Point Climbing and Memphis Rox Climbing gyms.
Two world-class climbing gyms opened in Memphis in 2019, and if you haven’t tried it out yet – a new decade and a new year is the perfect excuse. High Point – just west of Shelby Farms – offers several climbing walls, a bouldering room, a kids’ area, and yoga classes. Memphis Rox in South Memphis has a pay-what-you-can model and is made for climbers of all levels. Read all the details here.
Got more ideas? Leave ’em in the comments.