55% of Americans resolve to eat healthier, lose weight and increase physical activity for the new year.

Did you resolve to do any of the above? If the answer is yes, here are five ideas for healthy living in Muskegon County.

1 Healthy Eating Options

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Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and just plain healthy options are plentiful in Muskegon County restaurants.

2 Dance It All Away

According to Psychology Today, dancing for at least 2 1/2 hours a week can help reduce symptoms of mental distress, increases social skills and self-confidence. Add these great side effects to the physical benefits such as improved heart and lung condition, muscle strength and balance.

  • The Muskegon Area Dance Lovers are a group whose name exemplifies what they do; share the love of dancing. Weekly classes range from Latin to Swing and are free! Find classes on our calendar of events and follow them on Facebook here.
  • In the warmer months, outdoor dance classes are hosted beneath the Goodrich Park gazebo by the Arts Council of White Lake-Nuveen.

3 Walk it Out

Muskegon County offers so many options for a restful ramble, scenic stroll or traipse through the trails. With over 60 miles of trails, you will find both plenty of stunning views along natural and paved pathways.

  • Take the Trails: The Hart-Montague Trail and Musketawa Trail offer 24 and 26 miles of paved hiking or biking. Muskegon State Park offers 3 miles of beach and 12 miles of hiking trails. Bring your bike to Mosquito Creek Trails for 11 miles of rustic trails. Muskegon County's newest park Dune Harbor Park opened in March of 2022 and offers a rustic trail surrounding an inland lake. You can find a complete listing of our trails here.
  • See the Lights: Take a mile plus walk along the pier to the Muskegon South Breakwater Light. Walk along both sides of the Muskegon Channel to view the Muskegon South Pierhead Light.  Muskegon Maritime Heritage Walkway runs a three-quarter mile on the south side of the channel taking  you past the USS Silversides Submarine and Museum. Continue that journey by entering the NOAA Lake Michigan Field Station visitor’s pathway, then walking the north “arm” to the Muskegon South Pierhead Light. Muskegon State Park encompasses the north side of the channel. This incredibly picturesque stretch measures three quarters of a mile, one way. Many dune, wooded and marsh trails are accessible from this walkway. Wait, there’s one more lighthouse! Head to the White River Light Station and Museum and follow the stairway located on the front lawn. This brings you down the hill to a scenic channel walk leading from White Lake to Lake Michigan.
  • Art and Architecture: See Muskegon County’s historical and cultural sites by exploring our outdoor art, murals, gardens and architecture on foot.

4 Make Getting Physical Fun

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Muskegon County offers unique and interesting options to the standard gym.

  • Many classes and gyms take it outdoors, and why not with all these natural resources? Do pilates on the shores of Lake Michigan or yoga at a lighthouse or on a WW2 landing ship.
  • Pigeon Hill Brewing not only makes delicious craft beer, they also want to keep you in shape! There are Monday runs, special events for bike pedals and on-site yoga, pilates and Jazzercise classes (and yes, those come with a brew following the activities!)
  • Roll On Muskegon offers weekly community cruises. These “slow rolls” spotlight Muskegon area neighborhoods, public art and local history. What a great way to visit and learn about Muskegon while making new pedal-friends!

5 Strike a Yoga Pose

Yoga-na flip over the options for poses and peace of mind!