Florida Park Fit initiative encourages Floridians to get outdoors and create healthy habits

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is kicking off the new year with a new fitness initiative, Florida Park Fit. 

The program hopes to promote outdoor activity in Florida's award-winning state parks. Visitors can observe interesting plants and rare wildlife, all while burning calories and enjoying Florida's natural spaces.  

“Spending time outdoors provides a multitude of health benefits, and I stay fit by walking, bicycling and swimming in parks,” Florida State Parks Director Eric Draper said. “We are proud that our parks provide safe and relaxing places for people to enjoy the outdoors while moving around and getting fit, and we invite visitors to participate in group fitness events this January and all year round.” 

Florida is home to more than 10,000 miles of land-based trails and 4,000 miles of paddling trails, providing opportunities for visitors to get fit by hiking, biking, paddling, swimming, geocaching and more. If visitors don’t want to purchase park entry each time they visit, Florida parks offer annual individual and family passes online or in-person. 

Additionally, many parks host group recreational activities, including yoga classes, stand-up paddle boarding classes and ranger-led hikes. 

Visit https://floridadep.gov/ for more information. 

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