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You don't have to go to the gym to get your exercise

Being active doesn’t always have to mean grinding it out at the gym. For those of us that would rather not bench press or run on the treadmill, try these ideas for staying active that aren’t too strenuous and might even be fun.

Grab some friends and head to the park

With the many parks in Pittsburgh, including Schenley, Frick, and Mellon, you can play frisbee, go for a light hike, or try a quick jog.

Take a dance class

From hip hop, to ballroom, to jazz, many different dance styles offer a good workout. Local studios like Millenium Dance Complex and Balance Dance Studios offer adult classes.

Go ice skating

Take a break from the summer heat and go for a skate at one of Pittsburgh’s indoor rinks. RMU Island Sports Center, Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center, and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex all offer public skating sessions throughout the summer.

Walk the dog

Taking the dog on a long walk through the neighborhood or even to a park like Riverview Dog Park is a great opportunity for you and your pooch to get some steps in.

Take the stairs

It seems so simple, but skipping the elevator is one of the easiest ways to be active. If you work on the 22nd floor of a skyscraper, maybe walk 10 flights and ride the elevator the rest of the way up. You can change it up every day.

Take a dip in the pool

Swimming isn’t just for kids on summer vacation. It’s a great way to get some exercise, and you don’t even have to swim laps. Set up one of those water-basketball hoops and play a competitive game with friends, or maybe just play a round of Marco Polo.