I dunno if you’ve noticed.. but I feel like French people are embarrassed to do stretches in public places… Why is that? Either way, Parisians and other inhabitants of Paris still definitely go jogging! So I’m gonna tell you about my top 3 favorite places to go for a jog.
#3 Bois de Vincennes –
This place isn’t exactly in Paris but it definitely has it all; a walking trail, a lake, and the frickin forest (bois = forest). Yay! Trees and nature in the Paris suburbs. You can even rent little boats there! It’s located near Chateau de Vincennes off the Metro Line 1 or the train RER A. Despite it not being in Paris itself, on nice sunny days it’s full of people on the weekends. If you prefer running when there are less people definitely go earlier in the morning or on a weekday.
This place is absolutely gorgeous and it’s located in Paris itself in my neighborhood the 19th district (in the northeast). Even if you don’t go running you definitely must visit this park. It’s like an escape from the busy Paris city but still, right here in Paris. It’s also slightly less touristic so you can always find a spot on the grass to relax and enjoy the good weather.
# 1 Canal de l’Ourq –
This is also located in the 19th district of Paris near Metros Laumiere, Jaures, Parque de la Villette, Ourq, and Porte de Pantin. If you begin your jog near Metro Jaures and make your way up the canal towards Parque de la Villette you can pass by some pretty cool stuff. After leaving Metro Jaures, you’ll see a couple of footbridges that go over the canal, go over one and you can see in the distance the tippy-top of the Eiffel Tower. Continuing up the Canal you’ll definitely see some hipsters or old people playing the old fashioned French game called “Petanque”. Continue a bit more crossing the intersection at Rue de Crimee (after here it gets a little less visually stimulating but only momentarily) once you start hitting Parque de la Villette you will not be sorry. You will soon see La Geode on your left. It’s so cool cause it’s like a big mirror ball that reflects the sky. Either stop jogging here or then make your way into the Parque de la Villette to see the other cool stuff it has like concert halls, cafes, and beautiful fountain located near the Metro Porte de Pantin.
If you have done any of the jogs please leave me a comment. And if you are currently in Paris or are to go soon, please check at least one of these places out! But these are just my top 3 favorites, there are definitely other really cool places to go running in the greater metropolitan area of Paris.
Motivation for people trying to get in shape: CONSISTENCY AND A GOOD DIET! These are some wise words my friend told me. And it’s not necessarily about long dredful workouts where your legs wobble the next day. It’s about gradually building more stamina, eating well and varied, and sticking to it! Consistency my friends, consistency! Within no time you’ll feel better about your mind and body.