It’s a new year! Perhaps you’ve made resolutions to get in better health this year. If you’re not sure where to start or you need some help getting motivated, check out some of these area outdoor groups.
Florida Trail Association Western Gate chapter is a group that meets weekly for hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. They conduct the paddle trips in the summer months when not hiking. They also help maintain the Florida Trail from its western terminus at Fort Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore, through Eglin Air Force Base to the Chocwhatchee River, and north through Blackwater River State Forest to the Alabama border. There are many opportunities to explore and volunteer on trails in Florida.
Also, check out the Meet-Up page, if you’re interested in joining.
Get motivated and get outdoors!
Coastal Paddle Club offers FREE weekly paddle training open to all skill levels! Go on a distance run or just paddle shoreline and learn some techniques while enjoying a beautiful sunset! Enjoy an evening of time with friends and make new ones who all love spending time on the water. They meet at their beach location, 5 Via De Luna, at 6:00pm. No Reservations are required, however, a limited number of Rental Boards are available for this event. For more information or to make rental reservations call at 850-916-1600. Paddle Club meets every week on Mondays at 6:00pm. A free and refreshing way to get in shape!
Water Warrior And Inner Voyage are professionals who offer weekly paddleboard excursions. Water Warrior focuses more on lessons and exploring while Inner Voyage classes are for the mind, body, and spirit and incorporate quiet, personal meditation along with paddling.
Pensacola Social Club is a group of adults in the Pensacola area age 30 to 45 who would like to connect with other adults looking to add a little adventure to their lives. Their members are called “Explorers” and they offer monthly to bimonthly meet and greets with opportunities to participate in activities that are fun and exciting on a budget! Past adventures have included:
- Fishing Trips
You are encouraged to try something active that you’ve never tried before.
If you need more guidance and structure in your outdoor workouts, try Fixed On Fitness. They offer six week sessions meeting in three locations. The original camp, held at Bayview Park, is led by FOF Owner and Certified Personal Trainer, Josh Presnell. In 2011, FOF expanded into the Perdido area and runs a FOF Boot Camp program at the Hellen Caro Elementary School field.
Also, if you just want to get outside for walking and enjoying the outdoors with new friends and your art supplies. Don’t forget about the Plein Air Painters Of Pensacola. They are a group of artists of all skill levels using a variety of mediums who paint landscapes on location each week. They will also be planning group kayak painting adventures. Visit their website for more information or call (850) 723-7580.
This year make it a goal to get outside and get active. Building relationships with like-minded people will help keep you motivated!