Health is a priority in Columbus, and weight loss is achievable, thanks to the many outdoor activities available. Between the hiking, kayaking, and whitewater rafting through the nearby Hocking Hills, as well as the many Columbus fitness centers, one doesn’t have to go far in order to be both healthy and active.

Metro Fitness has six Columbus-area locations, including one downtown in a historic building on Long Street. With its floor to ceiling windows, excellent views of local architecture, and cathedral style ceilings, the downtown Columbus Metro Fitness allows for a world-class work out in style. Some of the many classes offered by Metro Fitness are yoga, Zumba, spinning, stretching, and strength training. Standard machines and personal trainers are also available at this 10,000-square-foot gym.

Another great fitness facility is Grant Health and Fitness Center on East Town Street. Affiliated with Grant Medical Center, this health and fitness hub offers everything from massage therapy and cardiac rehabilitation to group exercise and overall wellness classes.

For those who want to get out of the gym and into the open for their fitness activities, try hiking or bicycling along the seven miles of paved pathways that make up the Heritage Trail, wandering some or all of the 15 miles of trails at Clear Creek Metro Park, or playing 18 holes of golf at Blacklick Woods Metro Golf Course. A hike through the Olentangy Indian Caverns is another healthy activity to undertake.

Getting healthy involves more than just being active and working out on a regular basis – it also involves trips to the doctor. Columbus is home to four highly-rated hospitals: the Ohio State University Hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Grant Medical Center, allowing residents and visitors easy access to the best Columbus doctors.

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