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5 best places to get moving in Columbia

Lauren Fleming, co-editor

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The warm weather has us all feeling a little more encouraged to make time for exercise and healthy activity. But it’s easier to keep that motivation going when your exercise is more enjoyable than your everyday gym.

Here are some of the best ways to get up and moving while enjoying the City of Columbia.

  1. Soda City- Open every Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Main Street
    Soda City is a staple for Columbia. Not only can you find delicious, local fruits and veggies while you’re there, you’ll be sure to get in your steps as Soda City runs along several blocks. You can even finish your Saturday morning off with a jog up the Capitol steps, if you’re feeling sporty.
  2. Riverwalk- Open daily from 6 a.m.- 8 p.m. by the Gervais bridge
    The Riverwalk is one of the most beautiful spots in Columbia and provides an excellent
    stretch of sidewalk to run or walk. You can bring your four-legged friends to join you, and the Riverwalk would be a great place for a healthy picnic lunch, too.
  3. Sesquicentennial State Park- Open daily from 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. on Two Notch Road
    Looking for some fun on the water? Sesquicentennial State Park (known by the locals as
    Sesqui) offers a cozy lake nestled in the middle of sprawling acres of forest and greenery. This makes Sesqui a favorite for kayaking and paddle boarding. And there’s no need to have your own. You can rent one for only $5-$10 an hour.
  4. Masala on Main- Open everyday on Main Street. Hours change daily.
    Everyone loves yoga, or at least everyone loves to look like they love yoga. Really get into Columbia’s yogi spirit with Masala on Main, right in the heart of downtown. Your first week, you’ll get unlimited yoga classes for just $35. Masala wants to be sure they’re meeting your needs, so they’ll throw in a free consultation, as well.
  5. Hiwire- Open daily 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. (11 p.m. on weekends) in Sandhills
    Have you made it through the list and you’re looking for something solely and ridiculously fun? Make your way over to Sandhills for this trampoline park. Hiwire may cater to children, but there are specific times when they operate just for adults looking to jump back in time and play like a kid. You’ll be burning calories faster than with your normal walk and having a blast while doing it. Pro-tip: Take a big group of friends for maximum bouncing.

And if you’re participating in all of these activities, you may as well join Columbia Weighs In, Mayor Benjamin’s new initiative for the City of Columbia to lose 25,000 pounds between March and June 1. Join Columbia College’s team by emailing your name, email, phone and zip to [email protected] and get moving and losing with the city.

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