Places to Be Physically Active

If you’re looking for fun ways to be physically active or new places to put some variety in your activity routine, check out the options below.

For more ideas, search the Internet using terms like “walking groups near me,” “dance classes near me,” or “roller skating rinks near me.” You can also get information about programs from your city or county parks and recreation department.

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Free Apps

Search by city, park, or trail name.

Search for local, state, and national parks and recreation areas.

Playground Buddy
Identify more than 200,000 playgrounds in 170 countries.

Find trails for walking, hiking, running, skating, and biking by city, state, zip code, or trail name.


American Heart Association
See how to start or join a walking club.

Find Facebook pages for Black women’s walking groups in 33 states.

Park Finder
Explore national parks, recreation areas, and historic sites.
Search for recreation activities at outdoor and cultural destinations.

Walk With a Doc
See free events to learn about a health topic from a health care professional, then enjoy a walk and conversation with others.

Find a facility or camp by city, state, or zip code. Fees vary.

Other Ideas for Physical Activity

DeskFit  [PDF-1.27MB]
Learn activities you can do without leaving your home or office.

Move Your Way
Watch videos in English or Spanish with ideas for being physically active.

Physical Activity for People with Disability
Find ways people with disabilities can stay active and healthy.

Take a Walk in the Mall
Walk indoors if you prefer.

Walk with Ease
Use a self-guided online walking program for people with arthritis.

Women exercising in a park
How Much Physical Activity Do I Need?

Adults need at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity such as brisk walking. The weekly total could be split different ways, such as 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, or 22 minutes, 7 days a week.

See more recommendations for different age groups.

Why Be Physically Active?

Physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Read about the benefits of physical activity, including:

  • Better sleep.
  • Reduced feelings of anxiety.
  • Help manage weight.
  • Improved brain health.
  • Reduced risk of several chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • Stronger bones and muscles.
  • Improved ability to do everyday activities.
What Should I Wear?

Wear clothing and footwear that feels comfortable and keeps you safe while being active.

Learn more about finding the right shoes and activewear for you.

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