Ways to Get Exercise in the Chicago Area This Winter

January 19, 2021

For many of us, getting back into a fitness routine is at the top of our list of resolutions for the new year. Exercise benefits your total health. It’s not simply about reducing your waistline but, also about easing depression, reducing your stress and anxiety - a feeling all too common during this pandemic. It may be difficult to find the motivation or safe, socially distanced ways to work out, but even the smallest amount of physical activity can make a huge difference on how well you feel physically and mentally.  Here are some ways to stay active this winter:


Go to the Park

Chicago parks and outdoor spaces are open to all residents for socially distanced hiking, running or walking. Bundle up, wear your mask and invite a friend for a socially distanced walk through a park. Not only will you benefit from the social interaction by safely connecting with a friend, but you can exercise while doing it!


Join a Virtual Fitness Class

Check your local gym to see if they are offering virtual classes or do a search on YouTube for a variety of free fitness videos. Clear a space in your home and get active! Here are some videos to help you get started:


Skate the Ice Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

While the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park is closed for the season, the ice ribbon at Maggie Daley Park is open for socially distanced skating. You'll need to make a reservation online—there'll be no walk-ups this year, but you can still reserve your spot and rent skates. Reserve your spot by visiting https://maggiedaleypark.com/.


Access Community Health Network
At ACCESS, we encourage everyone to make time for exercise during the winter months. If you have any questions about what level of activity is safe and healthy for you, schedule an appointment with our care team today.


As of March 23, 2023