Fitness & Physical Health

Artwork by Alexis Clay

Artwork by Alexis Clay

Having trouble staying active? Feel sluggish and slow? Regular or semi-frequent exercising is something that students can struggle with due to hectic schedules and little time. If you already have a routine, it can be tough to maintain it throughout the years. The key here is to multi-task, prioritize, take "active" breaks, and carve out time in your day to stay more active. Here are some resources to help you do exactly that.

We would love to hear about your favorite gyms, running/biking routes, or the ways you incorporate physical activity into your day. Send us an email here!  


Strapped for cash but want to stay healthy? Here is a curated list of student discounts, free 'months' or free 'first classes' for some amazing venues and businesses in Boston!

+ Where do I start?

  • Boston Magazine Fitness Page: Boston is an incredibly active city with many venues and opportunities to incorporate fitness into your life. This is a frequently updated page of articles about fitness-related activities in Boston, ranging from local fitness class lists to 25-minute cardio videos you can do anywhere to new gyms opening in the area.

  • Free Fitness: List of free fitness groups, bootcamps, yoga sessions, and classes in and around Boston.

  • Parks and Playgrounds: Want some more green in your life? Explore a small sample of the more than 2,000 acres of neighborhood parks, playgrounds, tot lots, and athletic facilities in the City of Boston.

+ Primary Care

In order to model and provide the best care for our patients, it’s important to practice self-care from early on and go for annual preventative care visits throughout medical school. Not sure where to start? Here is a Wellness Initiative curated list of some amazing clinics and providers to reach out to!

+ Walk & Run

  • Walk Boston: Self guided walk-tours of Boston. One of the many benefits of walking is that you see and experience things you’d miss using other modes of travel, especially in a walking-friendly city like Boston! Each self-guided walk has a detailed route as well as distances and descriptions of sights and scenes.

  • Boston Marathon Training: Do you want to run the Boston Marathon? Don't know where to start? Start here, with this article.

+ Hike

  • New England Hikes: New England has some of the most exquisite hikes in the world, offering adventure, fitness, and Instagram-worthy views. Here, we’ve selected 55 amazing hikes to try this year, from the bucolic fields of Middlesex Fells to the waterfalls of Maine. This interactive guide features everything from mapped locations, to difficulty levels, to how far you’ll be driving from Boston.

+ Bike

  • Hubway: Hubway is metro-Boston's public bike share program, with more than 1600 bikes at 160+ stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville. 24-hour passes (6$), monthly passes (20$), to yearly passes (85$) sold.

  • 10 Great Bike Trails: Boston Globe's list of some awesome bike trails that you do not need a car to get to. Short lunch-break type rides to 20-mile trips are featured.

  • Southwest Corridor Park: The Southwest Corridor Park is a 4.7 mile, 52-acre, linear park stretching from the Back Bay to Forest Hills. 11 tot lot areas, 2 spray pools, 7 basketball courts, 5 tennis courts, 2 street hockey rinks, 2 amphitheaters, and approximately six miles of biking, jogging and walking paths. Perfect for biking, running, walking, whatever you wish.