Try these outdoor options for getting fit in Atlanta

Trade fluorescent lights for the real deal. Soak up the vitamin D and breathe in the fresh air as the sounds of nature provide the soundtrack to your fitness routine. The calming benefits of the outdoors may be that extra push you need to kick-start some good habits or sustain your healthy endeavors. If you don’t want to know that you are ACTUALLY working out, try these unique outdoor activities around Atlanta.

Climb to the top of a monad-what?
The metro Atlanta area is home to three monadnocks; small mountains formed out of compressed magma that are visible after the surrounding area has eroded away. Residents know these geological features as Stone Mountain, Panola Mountain and Arabia Mountain.

Breathtaking views and scenery are awarded to those who climb the summits. Less strenuous paved hiking and biking trails are available in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, home to the sister peaks of Panola and Arabia. With over 30 miles of trails available, there are options for every skills level. Travel through the woods, across creeks and past historic sites.

After your hike, reward yourself with a visit to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Here you will find the popular homemade biscotti that is baked on premises by the resident monks. For more information about the Heritage area, visit