Beast out on a rowing squad
Ever wonder about that massive building that stands to the right as you are exiting the island? The 114-year-old edifice is home to the Detroit Boat Club Crew, a team of rowers founded way back in 1839 when Detroit had a population of only 8,000 people. Rowing is not only an excuse to get out on the river, but it’s a helluva form of exercise, focusing on back, chest, shoulders, abdomen, and legs. Sign up for indoor rowing classes and then take your action to the high seas.
Lunge around on cross-country skis
While there aren’t any trails specifically dedicated to cross-country skiing, if there is snow on the ground, the island is pretty much your canvas for Nordic exploration. No one's holding you back.
Lace up those skates
… no, but really. You should! Back in the day -- before the first iPhone was even a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye, microwaves, and the the current iteration of whatever's going on with the Republican party -- ice skating on Belle Isle used to be all the rage. Seriously, Google it. As we all know, it still gets cold here in the winter and shit still freezes, so why not lace up those blades and take advantage of the more than 100 acres of surface water on the island in the form of lakes, lagoons, and canals. File this one away under "fun outdoor winter activity."