When the temperature drops, the roads get icy and the snow descends on Banff, it may feel difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle and progress with your fitness goals. There are, however, a number of options in town that can help keep you on top of your regimen, whether you’re a visitor to Banff or here for the long-term, and we’ve listed some of our best suggestions below.
CrossFit is a great way to maintain and develop your body’s strength, conditioning and overall fitness, and Banff has not one, but two dedicated gyms in town. Both gyms offer 1-time drop in classes or longer-term membership options. Bow Valley CrossFit, found on Hawk Street, was opened in 2018. Boasting all new equipment, the gym offers classes for all levels from beginner to expert led by dedicated trainers. SummitRX, found in the Bear Street Mall in the heart of town, has been running since June 2018 and has garnered a loyal client base in that time. They offer a range of classes to suit your goals, as well as special events and challenges.
Described by outlets such as CNN as the ‘World’s Best Skating Rink’, it’s no wonder skating on a frozen Lake Louise is a must do for so many visitors and locals alike. It also happens to be a slyly intensive workout which is great for your legs. Skating is free and you can opt to go during the day, or under the night sky for an incredible evening. You must provide your own skates however, though these can be rented cheaply and easily on Bear Street in downtown Banff.
Town of Banff Drop-In Classes
Town of Banff offers a wide variety of drop-in classes which are perfect if you are just visiting and can’t commit long-term, or are looking to try something new. Classes are located centrally at either the The Fenlands rec centre or Banff School gymnasium, and include such things as Hockey (own gear required), Badminton, Basketball and Soccer.
Rocky Mountain Yoga is a Banff institution which celebrates its 10 year birthday this month. The studio, located on Bear Street, offers a range of different yoga classes for all levels, as well as events, workshops and retreats. Visitors can take advantage of drop-in classes, bundle packages or memberships.
Cross Country Skiing
Did you know that cross country skiing burns more calories than any other sport or exercise (up to 1,122 calories per hour, per healthfitnessrevolution.com)? It’s also a brilliant way to explore Banff’s surroundings at your own pace, while giving yourself a full body workout. Skis can be rented for an affordable price in town if you don’t happen to have a pair in your possession.
Dance For Joy Studio is located in the Sundance Mall on Banff Ave. This dedicated, boutique dance studio offers a range of drop-in dance classes including tap, belly dancing, as well as non-dance related classes such as HIIT, pilates and self defence. The studio also runs special events and workshops so check out there website for details.
Why not take a hike through beautiful snow blanketed surroundings of Banff National Park? You’ll burn off those calories while taking in some of the best sites that the Bow Valley has to offer. If you’re familiar with the area, you can always mix it up and add a touch of adventure by cheaply renting out some snowshoes for the day, while those who are newer or just visiting may benefit from joining a guided tour!
Many hotels in Banff include gyms which are free to use throughout the duration of your stay. While many may not be as large or varied as the one you have at home, they are a great way of keeping yourself on track (and not piling on those holiday pounds). Make sure to find out whether yours does when booking.
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