My passion for Paris is only overshadowed by one thing…fitness. Many people go on vacation to give their brains a rest and often times to give their bodies a rest. For me, I use a vacation to break out of a fitness rut. I am excited to not only live, eat and sleep like a local, I want to exercise like one, too. I love to choose a running path along the Seine and head out early in the morning before the cars, scooters and taxis create all of the noise. I see a side to Paris that is unique. I also feel that engaging in some extra exercise is a great way to acclimate to the time change and help the body loosen up after the long flights to the France. Here are my top three “traveler friendly” resources for exercising in Paris.
Taking a yoga class after arriving in Paris can be so therapeutic. Not only will you stretch the muscles that ache after the flight but the right class can relax the jet lag right out of you. I stumbled upon Yogateau on Twitter. Martine does a fabulous job of listing the yoga studios, special workshops and events in Paris. She also has an informative section on her website called “Know Before You Go” that will help you feel a little more comfortable about heading into your first Parisian yoga experience.
Obviously, you can just open the door to your apartment and head out for a run. Yet, we found a running club that will make it FUN! Paris Hash House Harriers, The Drinking Club with a Running Problem (sounds fun, right?) has several runs in Paris. Check the calender on their website to see when and where to meet. They usually run off the beaten path and the runs are pretty lengthy (i.e. not for beginners). There is also a 5Euro charge per run.
Many of my fitness friends love to swim. A swimmer is usually fanatical about their workouts. Paris is filled with public swimming pools and for a small entrance fee, you can swim like a local. Our favorite pool is located in the 6th arrondissement and is called Piscine Saint-Germain. You can find the listing of all of the public pools on the Paris.Fr website.
Some of the best memories of Paris are the ones where I put myself in “non-tourist” situations and many of them involved exercise. By the way, if you can pack a tiny camera in your running gear, you will capture some amazing early morning pictures.