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“A little sweat ain’t gonna hurt nobody…

Move your body.” -Beyonce

Adults need to be physically active for 30 minutes most days of the week; children and teenagers should be physically active for 60 minutes every day, or most days. People who exercise at least 15 minutes every day live longer.  Many of us are reluctant to exercise- but we can all make time to play! Move your body and dance your way to health.

In 2012, Forbes magazine called Lynchburg Best Place to Retire. In 2011, Lynchburg was nationally recognized as the Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by Road Runners Club of America. In 2010, National Geographic magazine listed Lynchburg as one of the Top Adventure Towns.  We live in an area with phenomenal parks, recreation, clubs and opportunities to move our bodies! Try a new one every week.

Lynchburg Parks & Rec

Lynchburg City Dept of Parks & Rec has something for everyone! Our 850 acres of parkland include parks that range in size from less than an acre to almost 300 acres.Parks&Rec

Riverside Park, Peak’s View Park, Percival’s Island, and Miller Park are just a few of the city parks. Click here for a map of the city trails !  New in town or just looking for a new adventure?  Check out the outdoor options at Discover Lynchburg.

Ispraygroundn the summer, Miller Park Pool, the Fountain at Riverfront Park and the Sprayground at Riverside Park are great places to stay cool!

Take a canoe or kayak out at Ivy Creek Park.   Take a canoe out on the James River from the city canoe ramp at Hollins Mill Park or at Griffin Pipe.

Connect with your neighbors at one of our seven community centers.

Check out the mountain travel guide for inspiring outdoor hiking and biking adventures!   Be on the lookout for snakes and (when you’re done) ticks!  Wear sunscreen and bug spray.  Bring water.  Consider starting with short distances to accomodate little legs, and build up over time as they get stronger. 

Our own Blue Ridge Trail Runners has started a special program called Kids on Trails to get children outdoors! 

Skateboarding at Riverfront Skate Park or Liberty Skate Park is another way to get moving – don’t forget helmets and pads!

There are a variety of adult sports available: dodgeball, flag football, kickball, pickleball, softball, volleyball.





It’s often tough to get motivated to exercise…so grown-ups, channel your inner child who is never too tired to play!

Rise up climbing provides a unique way to get a full body workout in their indoor climbing facility downtown. There is instruction for beginners to advanced climbers; kids are welcome.

You can also find quality bouldering opportunities near to Lynchburg. McAfees Knob and The Cascades are good – but for the largest established boulderfield in the state, check out Grayson Highlands State Park.



Fitness Classes

Parks & Rec has Fitness classes

Cornerstone Fitness


Crosswhite Fitness

Iron&Grace Fitness Studio

Rehab Associates Independent Program is available in locations including Amherst, Forest, Appomattox, Monelison, Bedford, Brookneal, Hurt –and the Clifton Street location also has a pool that you can use through this program. The Independent Program is available to anyone over age 14 and requires referral by a physician.


Virginia Cooperative Extension office offers FITEX an evidence-based, eight-week online program to promote physical activity and fruit/vegetable tracking and LIFT an evidence-based, eight-week healthy lifestyle intervention for older adults.

YMCA of central Virginia has multiple locations and options for classes and training – for adults and kids!  The Jamerson Family YMCA has a dedicated kids gym (434) 237-8163.


“It’s like riding a bike” is a phrase we use to mean easy to do, once you’ve learned, you never forget. Cycling is something you can do almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune.  It doesn’t require a high level of skill, yet it uses all the muscles in your body, allows you to gradually increase your intensity, and it’s a great stress reliever.  Steady cycling burns about 300 calories per hour. 30 minutes of cycling every day burns 11 pounds of fat per year.

Check out these local bike resources:

Bikes Unlimited 

Blackwater Bike Shop 

The Bike Shack at Lynchburg College is a fully-equipped, no-or-low cost community bike repair shop at Lynchburg College.  Location and hours: In the parking lot behind 335 College St. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. during the school year.

Dire Wolf Racing is a Lynchburg-based cycling Team that competes in mountain, road, and cycle-cross events in Carolina, Tennessee, and all over Virginia for Mountain, Road, and Cyclo-cross events.

Greater Lynchburg Off-Road Cyclists – GLOC – is Lynchburg’s Mountain Bike Club offering group rides, skill clinics, social events, trail building and anything related to the sport of off road cycling.  The club is open to all skill levels – a great way to meet new cyclists and explore some of the great off road cycling in our area! Lynchburg Area Bikers is their youth mountain biking outreach program for ages 9 and up.



We have a thriving dance community.  Look into dancing with these different groups!

Central Virginia Ballet

Dance Theatre of Lynchburg

Lynchburg Belly Dance

Seven Hills Dance

The Red Shoes – offers Ballroom, tap, hip hop and more to adults and kids!

Virginia Dance Studio

Girls on the Run!

Research shows that more than overeating, inactivity may be the key factor that leads to obesity in girls. If you are wondering how to get your favorite girl off the couch – let us introduce you to Girls on the Run!  Go here to register your girl
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On the one hand, staying inside and watching TV or playing on the computer can be bad for your health – and especially your children!

On the other hand, TVs and computers can help inspire your health!  Here are a few ways that new-fangled technology can help you get fit! Read More


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Are your kids full of acrobatic energy?

Balance Gymnastics & Fitness in Concord

Dynamic Gymnastics in Lynchburg

Elite Gymnastics – in Forest – also Ninja, Cheer, and Tumbling

Pure Gymnastics in Lynchburg



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Karate Kids and Adults!

We have several places for Adults and Children to learn and practice martial arts – good for the body and the mind. Read More

Kids Indoor Exercise

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Lynchburg Legs!

Most good books make you want to curl up and read. Try this book with your family – and we hope it will make you want to get up and GO!

Lynchburg Legs is a story about a girl with a mysterious clue.  She takes a walk around downtown Lynchburg trying to solve the mystery.  The walk is 1.6 miles total and makes a loop that starts and ends at Amazement Square.

Free copies of the book are available at Amazement Square.

Go move your legs!


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Roller Skating!

An adult can burn 350 calories by one hour of moderate roller skating, or 590 calories skating vigorously! It’s easy on your joints, and the whole family can have fun!

FunQuest is sponsoring Family Fun & Fitness. Skate rental does cost $3.

Go to to learn more about a national program to encourage fitness through skating! Go HERE to register for free passes for kids under 11 at FunQuest.

Runners Clubs

People join running groups to meet other people, have a regular running schedule, and to help improve their accountability  – the group is expecting you!

The Y Running Group has a wide variety of people from beginners to those who have run multiple marathons.  It costs $30 for YMCA members, $40 for non-members. They do 8 weeks of training, review injury prevention tips and warm ups, and have race day coaching.

The Lynchburg Road Runners Club has been promoting fitness through running for over 30 years. Races, fun runs (and walks), discounts at local shops and on race entry fees, training groups, and other events help LRRC achieve this goal. Membership is open to all ages and abilities. The club is a proud member of the Road Runners Club of America and is America’s Outstanding Runner Friendly Community!

Screen Time

“Tame the tube and turn on the FUN!  Go to the park!  Play a board game!  Ride a bike!  Take a walk!  Experience nature!”  Amy Splittgerber   Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina

We all love our smart phones and portable music and gaming devices. However, recent research shows us that we need to limit so-called screen time (TV, computer, video games, texting) to less than 2 hours a day. The dangers of excess screen time for kids include not only increased risk for obesity, but also increased psychological stress, regardless of levels of physical activity. Learn more. Read More


Central Virginia United is a Recreation & Travel soccer organization that offers Recreation Soccer, Academy Development Programs (U9 & U10), Competitive Travel Soccer, Adult Soccer League, as well as ad-hoc camps and training programs.

Lynchburg Soccer Mania has an allstar indoor soccer facility at the Thomas Indoor Soccer Center at Liberty University- it offers soccer leagues for adults as well as kids 5-18. The facility offers two 175’ x 75’ size soccer arenas with synthetic grass-like playing surface.

The YMCA also has soccer teams in the spring.


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tennisAsk any labrador retreiver, a simple tennis ball can be hours of fun.  Add a tennis racket and you can either blow off steam or really develop a skill.  Tennis is an activity that can be played for a lifetime.  Lynchburg is lucky to have several public tennis courts – at Riverside Park, Peaks View Park,  Heritage Park, Fairview Community Center, and Jefferson Park Center. Tennis classes available.

The Lynchburg Tennis Patrons Association is working to expand access to tennis.

Crosswhite Athletic Club Tennis

Hill City Swim & Tennistennis

Boonsboro Country Club, Oakwood Country Club, and Peakland Swim & Tennis all have tennis courts available to members.

Wildwood Area Recreation 



Year Round Skiing & Ice Skating!

We have two ways to keep in shape for winter sports all year round. Skiing at the unique Snowflex Centre and ice skating at the La Haye Ice Rink.  Rentals are available for both. Check the ice skating schedule here for open rink hours and prices.

At Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, you can go skiing/snowboarding/tubing year-round thanks to the synthetic terrain technology that was the first such facility in the US.

If you are a skater, check out the Central Virginia Skating Club!


yogayoga2The American College of Sports Medicine endorses yoga as an exercise regimen with properly-trained instructors. They expound that yoga promotes “profound mental, physical and spiritual awareness.”  We are lucky to have multiple resources for yoga in our community!



Yoga Goodness

James River Yoga Studio

Congruence Yoga

Bedford Yoga Center

Kidding Around Yoga with Scott is an opportunity to let your smallest yogi find namaste.

Mindful Mountain Yoga  Amherst

Hot Yoga Bikram Yoga classes are 90 minutes long,in a room heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity.


Work out together!

Did you know that you are more likely to stick to your fitness goals if you have a partner?  Read More