Okay. We get it. The law school gym is scary (like, they’re stressed because law school is a lot, but isn’t the gym the place to relax?) and the MAC smells weird. This means that you wanna work out, but outside. What a novel concept. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. And no, this does not entail running along the Charles. Like we said (if you’ve been reading), most people don’t really do that.
1. Bike the Charles
Yeah, we said people don’t run along it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bike. Rent a bike from near Clover, and go down DeWolfe Street and follow Memorial Drive until you end up on the other side of the river.
If you follow this route all the way to the Museum of Science, then we count you among the dedicated. Just be careful not to die along the bridge—technically cyclists have the entire lane to themselves, but it’s pretty fucking scary, especially during rush hour. Half the calories we burned came from the adrenaline that coursed through our veins as we crossed the bridge. Would we make it? Would our body be discovered etched into the metal of someone’s Hummer? Unclear. Either way, it’s a fun bike ride.
2. Minuteman Bikeway
If you hate biking, you don’t have to bike (walk, rollerblade, or crawl) this gorgeous stretch of nature, but it’s a great place to do it. Hop on the T to Alewife and follow the trail from Arlington to Bedford, with a stop along the way in Lexington. Even if it’s hot outside, the trail (paved, thank goodness) has its own shade, and is perfect for those looking to get away from the bubble. Also great for running, the trail is 10 miles in length—and if you’re really hardcore, you can go all the way to Bedford and back.
Rent a boat from one of the places closer to MIT and go with a few friends. Try not to capsize. This is great for people trying to tone their arms or partake in one of the most masochistic forms of exercise possible. Take your phone so you can Insta the moment before your arms go numb and you fall into the water.