Washington, D.C., and the greater surrounding area, is frequently referred to as one of the most active cities in the country. The American Fitness Index ranked D.C. #2 of the top 20 active U.S. cities. The reason D.C. is placed in the top tier, despite its location in presumably one of the busiest towns in America, is due to the incredible resources available to local residents. Community is an important part of what makes living in the Greater Washington area so valuable, and there are a number of organizations dedicated to bringing locals together through team sports. Beyond recreational teams, the area is brimming with opportunity to exercise outdoors in groups, with a partner, or solo. We’ve handpicked and highlighted below the best resources to get you started, and help you decide how you want to make DC active. Find what works for you!
Local team sports are a great way to make friends outside the office, decompress, and socialize while you get your workout in.
- Waka Kickball & Social Sports
- United Social Sports
- Washington Area Women’s Soccer League
- NAKID Social Sports
- Department of Parks and Recreation- Adult Sports
Studios, Events and Classes
If you want to build routine into your weekly workout schedule, while meeting people in the area, workout classes and events are a great method.
- Meetups in Washington
- Active Life DC Newsletter/Events
- GEORGETOWN YOGA
- SOULCYCLE- DC
- November Project
Biking to Work
Many DMV residents bike to the office, knocking out their workout early and saving the environment at the same time. While some own their own bikes, it is also easy for locals who don’t own a bike to use Capital Bikeshare. Below are handpicked resources to inform you about biking around the city.
Running, Walking and Hiking Paths
Running and walking are the cheapest ways to get exercise and enjoy the scenic monuments and local geography. The surrounding geography also lends itself to some gorgeous weekend hikes.
- Running Around Town
- Washington, D.C. Running Routes
- Rock Creek Runner
- 20 Great Walks Around Washington, D.C.
- 12 Great Hikes Near D.C.
- Best Hiking Trails in the DMV
The Potomac River is a source of enjoyment and activity for Washingtonians. Sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and many other water activities are an essential part of staying cool during spring and summer in the DMV area.
- Belle Haven Marina
- Boating in DC
- River & Trail Outfitters
- Atlantic Kayak Company
- Mason Neck State Park
- Lake Fairfax Park– Canoes