In Southern Idaho, staying in shape can be as simple as venturing outdoors: no membership ID, no personal trainer and no monthly bank draft.
Walking and biking trails crisscross the region, offering residents an opportunity to stretch their legs and get some fresh air. When the weather’s nice, you might forget that it’s exercise. Throw in a great view – like the one from the Canyon Rim Trails in Twin Falls – and you’re practically on vacation.
The city’s trails, which total about four miles, are not the only place in the region to enjoy the local view while counting down the calories.
Employees of St. Luke’s Hospital Magic Valley have the benefit of a canyon-side walking trail next to the hospital.
Another group of Idahoans with no excuse not to exercise are the students at College of Southern Idaho. A 5-mile, red crushed rock trail is a popular feature on campus and is frequented by everyone from physical education students to neighborly dog walkers. Along the trail, a fitness system includes exercise stations for a total body workout.
A hop, skip and a jump away, Hailey residents take advantage of an old railroad bed to stay moving. The 12-mile trail is paved, and in the summer, folks enjoy lazy strolls, vigorous bike rides and everything in between. In the winter, when snow covers the ground, cross-country skiing is popular.
Summer or winter, the trails are rarely empty.
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