At least once a week I'll get an e-mail from a reader wanting to know where to find interesting or unique fitness-related things to do.
That's why I started blogging fit things to do suggestions on Wednesdays. This Wednesday, however, I'm offering up a different kind of suggestion. This week, I'm taking you behind the scenes for how I find things I am interested in trying. Where do I find races, classes, free events, and more.
Short answer: Online. Long answer: All sorts of places online. Here's a quick look at my go-to resources.
Working at Boston.com as a producer, I know how robust our event listings are. Type in "fitness" or "exercise" and you'll see all sorts of things come up -- from fitness and nutrition lectures, to free zumba classes, to community events related to health. You can search by time period (today, this week, next 2 weeks) or by location (Boston and beyond) or you can type in a keyword for a more specific search (say you only care about things related to pilates or yoga... you can find only those events if we have any in our database.)
Active.com is a national website (where you can pick your locale to search for events) that lists all sorts of fitness-related activities. From golf and volleyball to running races to sailing and hiking to obstacle courses they've got a little bit of everything here. Many of the events are ones that require you to register for (such as registering to run in a race) but you can search by type of activity, date, sport or interest and location. I used this site to find and register for my last two races, and also found the half-marathon I'm going to do using this site. The site itself is free, unless you join the Advantage program where you pay a subscription to win free entries to events, get discounts on registrations and events and other member-only bonuses. The site will e-mail you with upcoming events near you as well.
Part of Active.com's running section this site is specifically for those who want to find events related to running. It's also where many races nationwide post their results. Just like the other sites you can search by location, event type (in this case various types of running races) by date or by distance (if you only care about 5Ks you can search just those on this site.)
The YMCA of Greater Boston has an "upcoming events" tab that's handy to bookmark. Listing off fitness events, talks, and more, the listings also breakdown cost (many events are free for Y members) and the local Y the event is associated with. I like to check this page out when I don't know what I want to attend that's fitness related but want something different to try.
I like to search meetup.com for specific things likerunning clubs or fellow rowers rather than events. This is where I've found a regular running group to join for training runs on the weekend. There's a group for just about anything you can think of on this site, which is fun. For example: like to play frisbee? There's a group for that.
Where do you find fit things to do?