5 stunning spots where you can do a workout outside in Portland

Aug 4 2020, 3:57 pm

We’ve all been looking for innovative ways to workout recently that don’t involve hitting up our usual gyms, yoga studios, and spin classes that have been on hiatus.

But if you’ve done enough indoor YouTube yoga workouts to last a lifetime, it’s time to venture outside for your daily fix of exercise. And when better to soak in the natural beauty our city has to offer than this time of year?

We’ve teamed up with Hydrator to find the best spots around town where you can set down your yoga mat or dumbbells.

Ever since the pandemic hit, the healthy sports drink company has been encouraging people to be as creative as possible in their exercise routines. In its campaign as the unofficial hydrator of physically-distanced workouts, Hydrator been supporting exercisers across the city, whether they’re doing squats holding their pup or joining a backyard bootcamp.

Plot a course to any of these five stunning outdoor spots where you can get your sweat on.

Mount Tabor Park


This historically rich park in Southeast Portland is built atop an extinct volcano. Yep, you heard that right. This delightful slice of green space is home to tons of biking and hiking trails made of ancient lava. In case that’s not alluring enough all on its own, the park’s peak also boasts an incredible view of the city. Get your sweat on right before sundown and you’ll bear witness to some spectacular sunset views.

Forest Park

If you think this park gained its namesake for a reason, then you’d be right. Located on the northwestern edge of Portland, it’s one of the country’s largest urban parks. For you, that means tons of space for stretching out your limbs without fear of bumping into furniture or knocking things over in your apartment. Take a run along one of many trails, or set down your mat and reconnect with nature.

Waterfront Park


There’s something innately peaceful about spending time near the water. This downtown waterfront park is ideal for taking a stroll, setting down some weights, or getting into a downward dog. Bring a buddy along (safely distanced, of course) for a workout session that doubles as a hangout.

Laurelhurst Park

This urban oasis is chock-full of sporting activities, like volleyball and basketball courts. Dog owners can also bring their furry friends along for the ride as the park has a generous off-leash area. Jog along the paved paths or find a grassy patch near the pond so you can peer at the ducks while you plank.

Washington Park


This special spot has a lot going on. Brimming with gardens, a zoo, and a forest, there’s certainly no shortage of activities to tack onto your workout. Hop on your bike or put on your sneakers and explore the park’s endless trails. Take a deep breath and enjoy the great outdoors, all without leaving the city limits.

You’re probably going to get pretty thirsty working outside in the summertime — as opposed to your climate-controlled living room.


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Hydrator is designed (as the name suggests) to help you hydrate while working out. The replenishing drink is made with real fruit juice and no artificial ingredients.

It’s the only sports drink created by a naturopathic doctor and it contains a more complete electrolyte formula with three times more electrolytes and 30% less sugar than most sports drinks on the market.

Check out Hydrator’s website to find out how you can replenish after your scenic Portland workout. If you enter promo code HYDRATORHIVE, you’ll even get 20% off your order!

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