Being Healthy & Fit in Metro-Detroit

Updated: April 28, 2016, 12:42 pm EST

By Finessa Bedoun

It’s no secret that the benefits of eating well and getting regular exercise are endless. In a state like Michigan, where there are as many cold months as there are warm ones, being creative with how to sneak in a little physical activity when it’s colder comes in handy.


Wayne State University students can use the fitness center on campus. Carole Gist, M.Ed., the Wellness Coordinator and Personal Trainer at Mort Harris Recreation & Fitness Center at Wayne State University, said that a membership to the Mort Harris gym is included with tuition. The fitness center’s hours accommodate even those with jam-packed schedules.


Mort Harris Fitness Center

“If you do just a little bit every day, within just a few weeks you’ll start to see the psychological and physiological benefits of regular exercise,” said Gist.



Lifetime Fitness Center, Canton, MI.


For Metro-Detroit residents who live in neighborhoods where they wouldn’t feel comfortable going for a run or walk outside, working out indoors is always an option. Doing simple things like push-ups, jumping jacks, using weights or even following workout programs online or using fitness DVDs are other options. In neighborhoods that aren’t the safest, driving to a park or school and running or walking around the track is another good way of getting a little exercise.


Canton resident, Dave Thomas, said he enjoys getting outdoors with his dog. He said that walking around his city’s side streets is a great way for he and his dog to get some fresh air and exercise and that he feels safe in his neighborhood.



In the Detroit Tri-County area, there are multiple public gyms in every city.

Metro Detroit Area.

These are just a few results in a Google Maps search of Metro Detroit gyms.


There is endless evidence and countless resources that show how beneficial getting regular exercise and eating a balanced diet are to both the body and mind. A gym membership isn’t the only way to get exercise, nor is it for everybody. Getting outside and going for a run is an excellent way to get in a little physical activity. Something as simple as taking the dog for a walk or using the stairs instead of riding the elevator are great ways of getting extra steps in. There are many reasons why some may not prefer working out in a gym, such as the cost. Other folks may enjoy doing workouts in the comfort of their own homes or enjoy working out outdoors.


Canton resident, Phil Nelson said he lost 80 pounds by just biking around local metro parks.

Aside from the physical benefits of regular exercise, there are also mental health benefits. Mark Lumley, Ph.D., a professor at Wayne State University and Director of Clinical Psychology Training, explained how regular exercise can have many different positive effects on mental health. Conditions such as depression and anxiety can be eased with exercise.



Similar to how the production of antibodies is connected to exercise and happiness, the “feel good” endorphins that are released with exercise create a positive feeling within the body. According to WebMD, “When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.”


Here is a list of family fitness centers in Southeast Michigan. More information regarding the benefits of regular exercise can be found here, here and here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s