The beginning of January is an exciting time for everyone who wants to kick off an exciting year with the quest of good health and exercise. It is also an exciting time for your local shoe store that has rows and rows of your favorite brands like Brooks, Hoka One, New Balance, On Running, and Altra. We offer a wide variety of sizes, widths, and colors and our trained staff can get you in the perfect footwear to keep you in your best form while you increase your cardio!
We asked our Facebook peeps to tell us some of their favorite places here locally to burn some calories. We had a lot of great tips on excellent trails and parks like Million Park and Battlefield Park among others.
Many of the responses enjoy a good walk at Lake Reba. If you’ve ever walked it, you probably know about the challenging hill as you turn away from the lake and alongside the 10th fairway at Gibson Bay.
We also saw several recommendations for White Hall Park in Northern Madison County. It’s morning time views with fog rising from the lake are absolutely breathtaking. It also provides a variety of views of the White Hall Mansion which was built by Cassius Clay himself. Just like Lake Reba, White Hall offers plenty of challenge but also long stretches of flat trails. If you go in the morning, you’re almost sure to see at least one deer.
Some of the most challenging outdoor hikes can be found in Berea. The Pinnacles offer a variety of trails and lead to some of the most breathtaking views our state has to offer. If you’ve never hiked to the Indian Fort Lookout, you’re in for an incredible treat. It’s been a favorite for locals since well before any of our time.
Eastern Kentucky University earns its nickname, “The Campus Beautiful” during all four seasons. With beautiful buildings, old trees, and plenty of pavement, it provides an excellent setting to get some exercise and enjoy beautiful surroundings. Personally, I have always loved the area along Lancaster Avenue and the Ravine, but we had a number of recommendations on Facebook to visit the Woodchip Trail. I can’t wait to get on campus and try it out!
For some people, finding time to get their steps in each day is difficult because of their work schedule. Several clever people shared that they use opportunities within their job to stay active. If we put our minds to it, this is probably something all of us could do a little more of!
For those rainy days that we don’t like to get out, a lot of people visit the old Richmond Mall across from us here at Soft Shoe. If you haven’t been there in a while, it’s definitely worth a visit to see some of the local shops that call it home.
We have numerous options in Madison County to get on a treadmill or stationary bike, or if you plan to amp up your workout regime by adding in some more intense training, here’s some of the local places that received some recommendations.
We also received some tips that might not be the most helpful, but they did at least give us a good laugh!
Wherever you decide to exercise, please always remember to make sure your shoes fit properly, wear good socks (we sell thousands of pairs of compression socks every year), and wear reflective clothing if you’re out in the dark.
Stay Safe and Shop Local!