If your job involves being stuck in an office all week, you’ll know the benefits of getting out and breathing in some well earned fresh air at the weekends.

Whatever outdoor activities you are into, you’ll find plenty of options are available in Houston. If you like the idea of pounding the pavements, pull on your jogging shoes and check out Memorial Park, which is a haven for joggers of all shapes and sizes. You can stop for a breather and visit the nature centre while you’re there Snowdonia.

If a casual walk is more up your street, you’ll get plenty of exercise wandering round the Houston Zoo, which is located in Hermann Park. If you’re there for a few hours, you’ll notch up a few miles worth of exercise while seeing the monkeys, sea lions and tigers.

If you’re looking for something a bit more extreme, there are always the immensely popular Boot Camps, which are run at several locations in and around Houston. These are designed for people who want to lose weight and get fit, and although they certainly achieve that aim, they are not for the faint of heart. Classes take place in parks around Houston, giving you the chance to enjoy some fresh air while you are testing out your fitness levels.

It’s worth remembering that when you are taking part in any outdoor activity, the weather can play a big part. Check the forecast before you venture out and make sure you put on the appropriate clothing for the activity you are doing. Most importantly, make sure your shoes are suitable and don’t have slippery soles, especially if you are out jogging in the colder months of the year.

If you are really dedicated, you can join the growing band of people who enjoy cycling to and from work during the week, as well as hitting the cycle trails in and around Houston at the weekends. If you always seem to have too much to do at the weekends to fit in any real exercise, this can be the ideal solution to making sure you get more exercise. Some people who live further a-field and work in Houston drive part way and then cycle the rest, taking in the sights as they pedal to work each day – a routine which you could fit into your own lifestyle.

Of course if you have more time to spare, you could always treat yourself to a short stay and try out different activities – both strenuous and sedate. Book a hotel in Houston and give yourself plenty of time to explore what this great city has to offer.

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