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Let’s take it outside

Biking, hiking, running and water sports also are part of Western New York’s outdoor fitness fun. And let’s remember walking.

“The exercise that most people can do is walking – not just going for a stroll, but a brisk walk to the point where someone can carry on a conversation but they can’t sing,” said Kelly Hahl, manager of health and wellness programs at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “So you’re breathing harder, you’re heart is beating faster.

It’s probably also the most fun. It’s practical. You can pick different routes.”

Here are more ideas to get your outdoor fitness fix in coming weeks.


Niagara Bike Rentals: Daily through Labor Day, Old Falls Street’s Park Block, near Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls. For bicycle rental schedule and rates, visit

Bike Shop Outings: 20- to 25-mile tours, 9 a.m. Sunday, 6:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Tom’s Pro Bike Shop, 3687 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Free. Helmets recommended. For more info, visit the shop’s Facebook page or website,, or call 651-9995.

Bike Shop outings: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Campus WheelWorks, 744 Elmwood Ave.; three categories range from fast-paced, 30-mile courses to a 10-mile “ice cream ride.” Free, but donations accepted. Bike helmets mandatory. For more info, including on other excursions, visit

Outdoor spinning: 12:15 p.m. July 13, Jewish Community Center, 787 Delaware Ave. at Summer Street. Free for members; nonmembers can participate by purchasing a pass for 10 JCC classes for $59. For more info, call 866-3145.

Explore and more bike tours: 2 p.m. Sundays in various parts of the city. Cost is $15; for more info and to reserve a spot, visit or call 245-3032.


ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN CLUB ( Hosts hiking, backpacking, paddling and biking trips across the region.

FOOTHILLS TRAIL CLUB ( Hosts hikes several times a week at spots across the region.

FINGER LAKES TRAIL CLUB ( Its trail system includes Allegany, Wyoming and Livingston counties.

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY TRAIL CLUB ( This informal group uses Facebook to notify the public about coming hikes.

Running Has the most comprehensive list of local road races in the region. It also has links to 20 running clubs.


Walking on Wednesdays: Free noontime walks on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays through August, Kaminski Park in front of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton streets.

Lockport tour kickoff party: 2 p.m. Friday, with a party to follow from 4 to 6 p.m. at Old City Hall and Flight of Five Winery. Walk and party costs $35; party only costs $20. Reserve a spot at or by calling 245-3032.

Other Explore Buffalo tours: Tours include Masters of American Architecture, Buffalo Classics, Five Presidents in Buffalo, Silo City, Riverfront Renaissance, Millionaire Mile: Delaware Avenue Mansions, Allentown Mob, West Side Mob, Allentown & Olmsted, and North Tonawanda: Lumber City. Most tours cost $15 or less; reserve a spot at or by calling 245-3032.

Water sports

swimming pools, splash pads in WNY: Visit The Buffalo News online database at for cost and hours of area facilities.

Water aerobics: 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Brighton outdoor pool, 251 Brompton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Cost is $3 per class or $40 for all sessions, which run through Aug. 11. For more info, call 876-7424 or 693-3505.

WNY Adaptive Water Sports: Free fishing, sailing, scuba diving and water-ski outings for those with special needs. For dates and reservations, call 364-8219.

Other kayak or canoe Rentals: Buffalo Harbor Kayak, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Canalside. Also Eastern Mountain Sports, Niagara Falls Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda; and Paths, Peaks and Paddles ( along Ellicott Creek in the Town of Tonawanda.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper ( Offers free tours under the Get Involved tab on its Web page, and even provides the kayaks. Register online. (Also offers biking and hiking tours.)

Water Bikes of Buffalo ( Rentals at Canalside.

Longboards Water Sports ( Woodlawn Beach and Hamburg Beach rentals for kayaks, tandem kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Waterbike and Boat Adventures ( 11 Young St., City of Tonawanda, rents hydrobikes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for $10 an hour; For questions or reservations, call 316-3905.

stand-up paddleboarding: City of Light Fitness ( and Buffalo Paddle Board Co. ( give lessons off Gallagher Beach, 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd. They rent SUPs and teach classes.

Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga: Marie Phillips teaches Classes at 10 a.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday at Canalside. For more information and rates, visit