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Fargoans Talk About Their 10+ Favorite Ways To Stay Healthy

We went to you, the people who are molding and shaping our culture, to ask you about health and fitness in Fargo-Moorhead. We asked, you answered. Here’s what Fargo means to you.

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As the Fargo-Moorhead continues to grow at an astonishing rate of a dozen residents a day, our identity is being shaped by the nearly 230,000 citizens. We went to you, the people who are molding and shaping our culture, to ask you about health and fitness in Fargo-Moorhead. We asked, you answered. Here’s what Fargo means to you.

Meet The Fargoans

Ashley Kunz
Self-employed as an Abstract Painter
Lived in Fargo for 32 years
Amanda Wolf
Photographer and Owner of Lemon Drops Photography
Lived in Fargo for 16 years
Jill Frederick
Professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead who retired last May
Lived in Fargo 25 years
Lance Morlock
Senior at Moorhead High School and works at GiGi’s Cupcakes
Lived in Moorhead his entire life

The Gym you belong to…

Ashley Kunz: Anytime Fitness. I like it because it’s open 24/7, it has a lot of options and is a clean facility.

Amanda Wolf: Core Fitness in Fargo. I have been a member of this gym for about five years. At first, the reason I started at this gym was proximity to my work but since starting, I have come to love the atmosphere of the gym and that they know my name when I walk through the door. They also offer a variety of classes as part of my membership and have personal trainers on staff, which I highly recommend if you are ready to take your fitness to the next level.

Kayla Sorum, owner of EHP Crossfit

Jill Frederick: I have been working out at EHP CrossFit in Moorhead for about three years now and factoring in for age, I’m as fit as I’ve ever been in my life. The coaches there are second to none: all of them are so encouraging and professional in their approach to training, always paying really close attention to members’ fitness levels and abilities and bringing out the best in people. There is a real sense of community among the members and coaches which I especially appreciate.

Lance Morlock: I belong to Planet Fitness. The gym is so clean and updated. It is also such a great place as far as the people you meet. Everyone there is so happy and it is a great environment to be in.

Your favorite running/hiking/biking trail…

Ashley Kunz: I love the trail that runs from Brunsdale Park on 17th street and 27th avenue in and heads south in south Fargo. I have a lot of good memories riding bike on that trail.

Amanda Wolf: I enjoy the trails through Lindenwood Park, which also cross over into Moorhead because of the abundance of trees and variety of hills. I always know I will be getting in a good workout when I go there and also feel safe throughout the park.

Jill Frederick: I don’t do much running anymore, but I’ve always enjoyed the river path as it winds its way along the Red. It’s fun to go back and forth across the pedestrian bridges and watch the water move along the banks.

Lance Morlock: I love the trails in Gooseberry Park. They have outstanding trails deep in the trees and it’s so peaceful. Nothing beats a warm summer day biking with your friends.

Your favorite place for a healthy meal…

Ashley Kunz: If I’m looking for a healthy meal, I usually go to Hu Hot. I can put all the veggies I want in my dish and customize my meal however I want and it always tastes delicious.

Amanda Wolf: Tropical Smoothie Cafe is my go to when on the go and I need something to keep me energized. I love their Detox Island Green smoothie, which I usually pair with a banana after my workouts.

Jill Frederick: Nichole’s has healthy salads and sandwiches, and then I can undermine my good intentions with some of their gelato, which is exceptional.

Lance Morlock: Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a really great healthy option. They have great smoothies that are super healthy and super delicious wraps and sandwiches.

Your favorite healthy activity…

Ashley Kunz: My favorite would be swimming. Our summer season is so short but I really enjoy every minute in the water in the summer.

Amanda Wolf: I enjoy taking part in the Fargo Wonder Woman monthly events where I get to meet other women within the community that have the same fitness goals and are from all different types of work.

Jill Frederick: All my healthy activities revolve around EHP CrossFit, whether it’s a standard workout or a friendly competition fundraiser, like the recent EHP-sponsored “Barbells for Empowerment,” which donated the proceeds to Dress for Success.

Lance Morlock: I love biking. It is such an easy way to pass time and spend some quality time outdoors. I love seeing everyone out and about walking dogs, biking and running on a nice warm day.

How you like to stay fit in -30 below weather…

Ashley Kunz: I would just go to the gym. -30 below is way too cold to be outside. As far as recommendations go, I would love to see some heat lamps outside in popular pedestrian areas.

Amanda Wolf: There are free walking tracks at Fargo South and West Fargo High that are indoors and a great option to get out and move during those cold winter months. If not an annual member of a gym, there might be options to pay by the month such as Orangetheory.

Jill Frederick: Personally, I like winter in the abstract but I don’t necessarily want to be outside in it. Since I train at EHP all year-round, cold temperatures don’t make much difference to my activity level. One of these years, I’m going to try cross-country skiing.

Lance Morlock: Personally, I find going to the gym to be useful, but I also know my friends and I get quite the workout sledding in the winter months. We like to take advantage of the snow rather than complain about it, and sledding is one of the most fun things to do in the snow.

*This article originally appeared in Fargo By Fargo

Written by Andrew Jason

Andrew Jason is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media. He oversees the production and the wonderful team behind Fargo Monthly, Fargo INC!, Bison Illustrated and Design and Living magazines. In his free time, he enjoys running marathons and pretending he's a much better piano player than he actually is.

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