|Did you know that exercise can add years to your life by helping to improve flexibility, strength, energy and coordination thus lessening your risk of injury? You don’t have to be super-fit because every little bit of exercise counts and just getting started is a giant step forward for those who have been inactive.
If you are looking for free and affordable opportunities to increase your fitness levels and improve your health, look no further than your favorite park! Cape Coral’s parks are excellent resources for promoting healthy lifestyles by offering everything from walking and nature trails to fitness equipment, tennis and basketball courts, bicycle paths and open space.
Of the five parks in Cape Coral that have fitness equipment, three of them have fitness trails with various exercise stations situated along the paths. This allows for park goers to experience an aerobic workout in addition to strength, endurance, and flexibility training. The parks with fitness trails include Joe Stonis Park, Saratoga Lake Park and Del Prado Linear Park. The two parks with fitness equipment located in one common area are Jaycee Park and Lake Kennedy. Click here for more information on the parks with fitness areas.
The City of Cape Coral and Cape Coral Hospital have also partnered to create a "Memorandum of Understanding" intended to promote each other's public facilities and encourage health and wellness. The hospital's new "Pathway to Discovery," located on the west side of their Del Prado campus, features walking/jogging paths, exercise stations, a reflection pond, a healing garden and a teaching garden. Take advantage of this free community resource! Pick up a map in the hospital's main lobby or click here to view the "Pathway to Discovery" map.
In addition to offering onsite fitness amenities that are available on a first come, first serve basis, several of Cape Coral’s Recreation Centers offer regular exercise programs that support a healthy lifestyle ranging from aerobics to zumba to yoga. See the current Parks & Recreation program guide for class times, locations and fees (by clicking on the green "View Program Guide" button in the top left corner of this page.)
Regardless of how or where you choose to exercise, the best results are often achieved when you remember to think "F.I.T." (Frequency, Intensity, and Time). When combined with a healthy diet, good fitness, and all the benefits that come with it, can greatly improve your quality of life.
Please Note: Individuals with health problems should consult a physician prior to beginning a workout routine.
For general information about Cape Coral Parks & Recreation, call (239) 573-3128 or, if you encounter an issue in one of Cape Coral's parks, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department's non-emergency line at (239) 574-3223.