That beach bod isn't gonna magically show up one day, and, besides, exercise is good for working off the stress that accumulates over the week. If you ever get sick of campus gyms, there are plenty of outdoor options for walking, biking, or running around town. As far as exercise studios — there's more yoga, spinning, and pilates then you can shake a stick at — check out Groupons before you commit to a pricey monthly fee. There are almost always good deals at local spots.
30 Mary Murray Drive
Hampton Park is a bit of a walk from CofC or MUSC, but it's totally worth the extra mileage just for the views alone. With a big pond and shaded walking trails, this park is a green haven in the city. Hampton Park is expecting some big changes in the next year, so expect additions like a full-service cafe. The loop around the park is perfect for running, so grab a new friend and make an afternoon of it.
Morrison Drive and Cooper Street
Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
99 Harry Hallman Blvd.
Park at either end of the bridge to hop on the pedestrian pathway. Running the bridge is no easy feat, so make sure you're well-hydrated before you attempt the five-mile plus round trip. Walking's fine too. Just don't let the moms with strollers pass you (trust us, it happens). Stay in your lane so a bike doesn't clip you and you'll get the best view of Charleston from the only hill in town. Sola Yoga at Cannon Park
131 Rutledge Ave.
Thurs. 6 p.m.
Yoga is a great and relaxing way to exercise, but as a college student dropping the usual $100-200/month on classes is not always an option. Luckily you live in Charleston where there are almost as many parks as there are bars. Cannon Park, located right off Calhoun Street between Rutledge and Ashley, has a yoga group that meets every Thursday from 6-7 p.m. All you need to do to participate is donate between $5-10, so grab your yoga mat, water bottle, and maybe some bug spray and go get your namaste on. For more outdoor yoga classes check out OM Outdoors, Yoga Unplugged, and Bendy Brewski Yoga.
George St. Fitness Center
50 George St.
Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-10:55 p.m.
Fri. 7 a.m.-8:55 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.-4:55 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m.-10:55 p.m.
Johnson and Silcox Recreation Center
30 George St.
Mon.-Thurs. 12-11:25 p.m.
Fri. 12-8:55 p.m.
Sat. 10-4:55 p.m.
Sun. 3-10:55 p.m.
Why pay a monthly gym fee when your Cougar ID already doubles as a gym membership? Take advantage of the 15,000 sq. ft. George Street Fitness Center. You can find nearly every piece of equipment you need for a full workout from cardio to weights in addition to a group fitness room. If that's not enough space for you, head into the Johnson and Silcox Recreation Center on the corner of George and Meeting St where you can choose from four basketball courts, five volleyball courts, six badminton courts, an indoor running track, and a 4,900 sq. ft. multipurpose room.