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Published on 2016-04-05

Mood: Getting Physical

Are you in the mood to move? Moodmap reveals their favourite ways to stay active in the city, coupled with some of the best spots to help keep that energy going all day long. Try this regimen by yourself or with a friend.

19:00AM – A Morning In Motion: Race Through Parc La Fontaine


When warm weather rolls around, it’s a lot easier to motivate yourself to get outside for a run! Wake up, chow down on a light breakfast, slide on your sneakers and push your pedals all the way to Parc La Fontaine! Boasting a 2.5km long perimeter, this urban racetrack is perfect for runners at any level of experience. While running, take time to wonder at the budding plants that will soon fully bloom, making future runs all the more scenic. Not only will this experience give you a serious breath of fresh air, alternating between cycling and running will help strengthen your leg muscles.

Parc La Fontaine, entre les rues Rachel et Sherbrooke et les avenues du Parc La Fontaine et Papineau
Closest BIXI Station: Rachel / Brébeuf

211:00AM – A Balanced Brunch: Panacée

Panacée
Panacée: © Baboon Creation

Now that your body’s been gifted with a good dose of endorphins, grab some brunch at Panacée, located just below Parc La Fontaine in the middle of the vibrant Village. In the comfort of this sleekly decorated café, you can fuel up on a breakfast sandwich or black rice fruit pudding with yogurt, accompanied by a hydrating beverage of your choosing. Thanks to its reasonable prices, you’ll leave the café with a wallet that feels as good as you do!

Panacée, 1371 Sainte-Catherine street E.
Closest BIXI Station: Alexandre-DeSève / Maisonneuve

33:00PM – An Aquatic Afternoon: Schubert Pool

Built in the early 1930s, the Schubert Pool is a true Montreal landmark. A staple of the Plateau and beloved by residents of the borough, this historic public bath has an indoor pool that extends nearly 25 meters long. Dive in and relieve the tension in your muscles from earlier this morning, then swim a few laps to make them even stronger. Better yet, just like the majority of Montreal’s indoor public pools, entry is completely free. There’s absolutely no reason not to take the plunge!

Piscine Schubert, 3950 St-Laurent boulevard
Closest BIXI Station: Duluth / Saint-Laurent

4The Sports Bar: Ping Pong Club

Ping Pong Club
Ping Pong Club: © Ping Pong Club, Facebook

Ping Pong Club
Ping Pong Club: © Ping Pong Club, Facebook

After drying off, meet a few friends at Ping Pong Club for some snacks and drinks in a setting more active than most. The bar is located in Montreal’s creative hub, the Mile End. Warm and inviting, this spot is also worth stopping by for its recreational activities, including ping pong, baby-foot and Mississippi… it’s hard not to have fun. The menu consists of a variety of sharable delights that will be especially exciting if you’re craving something crunchy and fried. Special mention goes out to the bar’s addictive Gouda Bombs that’ll leave you licking your fingers and wishing for more. In the summertime, there’s nothing more satisfying than securing a spot on the terrace at the corner of St. Laurent and Bernard.

Ping Pong Club, 5788 St. Laurent boulevard
Closest BIXI Station: Bernard / Clark

56:30PM – The Refined Restaurant: Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara: © Melissa Campbell

Once night falls, grab a corner table at Santa Barbra and unwind. With walls covered in ocean green panels, sculptures of saints and subdued lighting, this restaurant encourages patrons to relax and settle in. Their menu, which changes seasonally, is made up of dishes that are healthy, nutritious, and delicious. There’s no better way to rejuvenate after a long day of physical activity! And, because a healthy lifestyle and moderate alcohol consumption aren’t mutually exclusive, feel free to treat yourself to one of their exquisite, colourful cocktails. The second you leave this spot, you’ll look forward to coming back and making even more delicious discoveries.

Santa Barbara, 6696 de Saint-Vallier street
Closest BIXI Station : de Saint-Vallier / Saint-Zotique

Written by : Gisele Werklé