5 Inland Activities to Lose Holiday Pounds

Man paddleboarding through the trees

When the holiday hors d’oeuvres and seasonal sips that filled you with holiday spirit have left you feeling plain full, ditch the treadmill-stair climber-stationary bike routine. There are plenty of outdoor group activities on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel that make exercise a walk in the park (literally), and dare we say fun?

Park yourself at a park

In Lee County, many public parks offer everything from trails and sports fields to pools and more.  A great one for groups (just one of many) is Lakes Regional Park with 279 acres to explore.. Walk, jog or bike on miles of trails. Or set, bump and spike on the sand volleyball court. There are even two water features built for splashing and cooling off.

Bridge leading traveler through the trees
Lakes Regional Park

Hit the Links

Don’t let the picturesque greens and serene surroundings fool you. Golfing isn’t just a fun activity, it’s quite a workout, too – play 9 holes carrying your own bag and you could burn an average of 721 calories.  Feel like rolling down the fairways in a cart instead? You’ll still burn a gut-busting 411 calories on average – double that for a round of 18. You can find a list of courses here.

Men golfing near beach
Beaches of Fort Myers Golf

Start Paddling

Whether you’re with seasoned paddlers or first-timers, a guided kayak tour is a natural way to sight-see and burn boatloads of calories at the same time. The Great Calusa Paddling Trail is a marked canoe and kayak “path” that meanders through inland tributaries and bays, coastal waters and sheltered mangrove creeks. Here you can spot manatees and dolphins while banging out an upper body work out.

Man kayaking along the Great Calusa Blueway
The Great Calusa Paddling Trail

Keep Peddling

Biking is an activity that most people can do, and everyone will enjoy, especially when it’s on the trails throughout Sanibel Island. More than 25 miles of designated bike paths weave through the island, passing by the Sanibel lighthouse, world-famous beaches and the historic cemetery. If there are bird watchers in your group, ride the 4.3-mile limestone road through the expansive J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge. Or take your ride to the water’s edge on Fort Myers Beach (during low tide, of course).

Family biking on dirt path
Biking on Sanibel Island

Take a Liking to Hiking

There are plenty of trails that beckon you to get out into nature and get in shape. From the 1.4-mile wheelchair-accessible boardwalk through the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve to the longer, more remote 6.5-mile Cayo Costa Hiking Trail, there are plenty of ways to explore the subtropical nature and get an unexpected workout in.


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Dad and daughter walking through nature
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

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