15 Reasons Every City Should be Jealous of Detroit’s Health & Fitness Scene

15 Reasons Every City Should be Jealous of Detroit’s Health & Fitness Scene

Detroit wasn’t named America’s “Comeback City” for no reason. After years of being overlooked, Detroit is back and better than ever. We now have gyms, restaurants, and adventure around every corner, not to mention health and fitness opportunities galore.

Known for the Slow Roll or Eastern Market, Detroiters host events and activities almost every day of the week — which, if you’re reading this, is probably not news. Get your sweat or your brunch on… or your sweat and your brunch on. We have it all in this amazing city we call home.

  • We Have Our Own Island

    Kayaking in Detroit
    image via Belle Isle Park | Facebook

    Every other state may have their parks, but how many can boast that they have one on an island? Belle Isle is the perfect place to bike, run, or picnic with the fam. Just on the island itself,  there are three bodies of water, a nature zoo, golf practice facility, and 150 acres of wooded area. Just across the Douglas MacArthur Bridge, Belle Isle gives us Detroiters a space for almost every outdoor adventure we could dream of.

  • We’re Home to the Slow Roll

    Slow Roll Bike Ride
    image via Slow Roll | Facebook

    Just seven years ago, the Slow Roll was born. Every summer Monday, thousands of Detroiters meet up with their bikes to tour the city. Averaging a slow, steady seven miles, the community comes together to ride, bump some tunes, and sometimes even sip their favorite drinks along the way — all while enjoying the company of thousands of their neighbors. Led by volunteers, every week is a different route and a new opportunity to learn the history behind our city.

  • We Eat Better

    image via Campus Martius Park | Facebook

    No matter what you’re looking for, Detroit has something for you. From vegan or vegetarian options to juice and smoothie bars to Mediterranean, Mexican, or straight up Motown, the list is endless when it comes to eateries in Detroit. To name a few… Townhouse, Green Dot Stables, or really anything in Greektown will have you wondering why you’d eat anywhere else.

  • We Lift Each Other Up (Literally)

    Free Workouts in Detroit
    image via Riverwalk Downtown Detroit | Facebook

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane…  it’s a yogi! Every Sunday, Detroiters head over to Belle Isle’s Sunset Point to practice the newest form of yoga: acroyoga. Whether you’ve never heard of acro or have been practicing for a while, this group of young Detroiters will teach you… for free! You can fly, spin, and float upside down — with a little help from a friend, of course. Bring your buddies or come alone; they love new people!

  • You’re Never Far from the Next Aquatic Adventure

    Best Kayaking Events in Detroit
    image via @codysnowfun | Instagram

    We’re not called the Great Lakes State for no reason. More often than not, we’re less than 20 minutes away from several bodies of water. And if we’re talking specifically within the city, we have one of the best spots to kayak, canoe, and SUP — The Detroit River.

  • You Can Break a Sweat Without Breaking the Bank

    Free Workouts in Detroit
    image via Eastern Market Corporation Running Pack | Facebook

    Whether you’re trying to save some moola or would rather spend your money on avocado toast, we have plenty of opportunities to break a sweat on a budget. Our gyms and studios won’t hurt your pocket like NYC or LA, but our quality workouts can hang with any city. During the summer, several yoga studios put on free classes around the city. Check out Yoga On The Riverfront on Fridays or hit Grand Circus Park on Sundays to flow on the low.

  • Running is a Pack Mentality

    image via RUNdetroit | Facebook

    We love to get outside and get moving. With the city, as a whole, on the rise, our fitness gang has grown dramatically in the last five years. Luckily, we all get together, sweat together, and high-five often. Whether running is your favorite pastime or you’re one of the ‘crazies’ who hates it but does it anyway, there is a run club for you.

  • We’re Big into Brunch

    Detroit Restaurants
    image via TOWNHOUSE | Facebook

    No one really knows when brunch became such a big deal, but Detroiters have been crushing it for years. We have healthier options everywhere, from the center of the city and outward. Mimosa, beermosa, bellini; whatever you’re into, Detroit does a balanced, delicious brunch like no one’s business. You can brunch outside at Commonwealth Cafe, or take your brunch appetites to Social for the sexiest egg skillet you’ve ever seen.

  • Saturdays are for Shopping Local...

    image via Eastern Market Corporation | Facebook

    We’re home to one of the oldest, largest, year-round markets in the United States, with 24 acres and over 45,000 daily visitors. After all, the Saturday Eastern Market is one of “America’s most original destinations for fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers, and local art.” With expansion inevitable, Detroit’s Eastern Market has spread to several days during the week. Bring a tote and leave happy.

  • … And Summer Tuesdays are the New Saturdays!

    image via Eastern Market Corporation | Facebook

    In Detroit, we even have a specific day at the market that focuses on our health and wellness. Eastern Market has declared summer (June–September) Tuesdays a day of nutritional value. A scaled-down version of the 200-year-old Saturday soirée, Detroiters come together to buy local, learn new cooking techniques, and take free Zumba and yoga classes.

  • Campus Martius — Enough Said

    image via Campus Martius | Facebook

    Whether it’s 80 degrees or 0 degrees, Campus Martius brings people together year round. We eat, drink, hang out, and even ice skate at this Detroit park. We put on health initiatives, invite international performers, and bring breathtaking artistry to this space. And with multiple delicious restaurants and a one-of-a-kind location, Detroiters gather in this amazing space all four seasons.

  • There’s a Gym for Everyone

    Detroit Climbing Gyms
    image via Planet Rock Climbing Gym | Facebook

    Just over five years ago, Detroit locals had very few options when it came to fitness. Now, gyms have opened everywhere! Looking for an intense, tough, make-you-cry trainer? There’s a place for that. Looking for a judgement-free zone? We got ’em. If you can bench press 300 lbs, dope! If you can’t even bench the bar, that’s cool too. We guarantee you’ll fit right in somewhere.

  • Lions, Tigers, and…. Wings? Oh My!

    image via Mike Boening Photography

    We love our sports here in Detroit, and any time of year, you can find a Detroit sports fan on just about every corner. Downtown, we house our favorite baseball team, The Detroit Tigers, at Comerica Park. Next door, we’ve got Ford Field for the Lions. And who could forget our beloved Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons in their (shared) new arena across from Comerica? What you heard is true; the new Little Caesars Arena is now open and gorgeous. Let these serve as inspiration for your own athletic endeavors!

  • We Get Our Summer Sweats Under the Sun

    Free Workouts in Detroit
    image via Detroit Riverfront | Facebook

    While only a few people are getting their fit on outside in the 10-degree weather, we have an enormous amount of outdoor workouts to choose from in the summer months. Riverfront Fit Park—our newest outdoor public fitness spot—will do you right with endurance, strength, and cardiovascular fitness equipment.

  • We’re America’s Comeback City

    image via Downtown Detroit Partnership | Facebook

    In every aspect of the title. Be jealous.