We love summer. It’s not just the Minnesota State Fair and the paddle-boarding and the cabin weekends. It’s the smell of flowers at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden and the sound of loons in the evening.
Summer in Minnesota centers on being outdoors. So on days when you need a break from the gym (we’ll give you an occasional pass from AQ, ok?), get your fresh-air fix and a workout at the same time by checking out these outdoor fitness opportunities near Lake Harriet:
The Lake Harriet Yoga Project offers free yoga classes led by experienced instructors every morning at 6:30 am all summer through Labor Day. The yogis gather on the lake side of the Lake Harriet Bandshell, except in the case of thunder, lightening, or temperatures below 55 degrees. Not an early riser? Check out the group’s Full Moon Yoga session at 8 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Bring your own mat.
Marathoners and amateurs alike meet just south of Lake Harriet at Fleet Feet Marathon Sports (2312 W. 50th St., Minneapolis) every Tuesday at 6:30 pm to run, talk, and consume post-workout snacks and beverages. Multiple distance and pace options are available. Can’t make that time? North Star Running Group also leads group runs at Lake Harriet on Monday evenings at 6 pm and Friday mornings at 6 am. The club convenes at other Twin Cities locations throughout the week. For a full schedule, see Northstarrunning.com
The November Project got its start in Boston in 2011 (can you guess which month it launched?), and chapters of the free outdoor-workout group quickly sprang up all over the country. The Minneapolis contingent gathers at every Wednesday at 6:27am at Gold Medal Park., and on Fridays at the same time at various locations around the Twin Cities. The workouts include running, body-weight exercises and a smattering of stair and hill climbs. The sessions end with a group photo around 7:15 am.