By: Kara Franker
How to stay fit and healthy in Miami.
From runners to yoga aficionados, divers, beach volleyball players and more, Miami has something for every type of health and fitness fanatic. Here’s how to keep bikini-body ready all year round.
Where to Workout
Looking for somewhere to workout or rejuvenate? You’re in luck, as sunny Miami Beach has a variety trendy gyms that keep exercise fun. SoulCycle South Beach, located inside 1 Hotel South Beach, is a 2,600 square-foot, 54-bike studio that lets riders burn fat, tone and release stress through high-intensity cardio and choreography to energy-pumping beats – and all on an exercise bike.
Another option, Anatomy at 1220, is the brainchild of former Jets and Patriots player, Marc Megna. As South Beach’s most luxurious health and fitness center, it has everything a gym-goer could ever need; from countless exercise classes, rooftop yoga and a decked-out weight room, to body fat to VO2 max testing, outside eating areas, a salon with hair blowouts, manicures and pedicures, a chiropractor, and a spa area with a steam room, infrared sauna, a cold therapy room, a cold plunge, a Jacuzzi and massage therapy.
Adding pampering to your health kick, some of Miami’s hottest hotels have glamorous health spas and fitness centers that promise to recharge your mind, body and soul.
Head to one of the Exhale Spa locations (EPIC Hotel, Loews Miami Beach or The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour) and take one of the elite core fusion barre or yoga classes. Then detoxify your system with an Acu-Organ Detox, an abdominal massage-meets-acupuncture treatment that enhances energy and digestion.
At the Spa at W Miami, guests can experience a 2,500-square-foot gym with expert trainers, a state-of-the-art cardio theater, integrated wellness classes, yoga, Pilates and a spinning studio.
At the Standard Spa, guests can try standup paddle boarding or sunrise yoga classes.
Where to Eat Healthy
Despite our mouthwatering international cuisine options, Miami has a lot of healthy eating options for diners to choose from. Head to one of the Jugofresh locations for organic cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies and various vegan plates.
Located in Downtown Miami, Jar + Fork offers a combo of nutrient-rich juices and health-concsious dishes, including paleo-inspired meals.
With multiple locations throughout Miami, and centered around the idea that better eating leads to healthier individuals and a better society, Choices Café is a vegan restaurant that serves delicious organic breakfast burritos, power breakfast and acai bowls, avocado toast, quinoa Mexican wraps and more.
A little farther north, Sunny Isles’ Basil Park restaurant serves a menu of organic favorites like smoked salmon omelettes, poached eggs in avocado, southwest turkey burgers, rotisserie chicken soup, and for dessert, raw chocolate pate.
Craving a sweet snack? Try Bunnie Cakes – a vegan, gluten-free and kosher bakery. Located in Midtown, it has large and small cupcakes, whoopie pies, doughnuts, small cakes, brownies, cakes in a jar, and cookies in interesting flavors: like guava, banana choco chip, pink lemonade, mojito and strawberry 3-in-1, to name a few.
Take it Outside
With Miami’s sunny weather all year round, the outdoors are your own personal gym. On Miami Beach, go for a sunset run or walk, play a rousing game of sand volleyball at the public courts at 8th Street and Ocean Drive, or wake up early and participate in complementary beach yoga classes at 3rd Street and Ocean Drive.
If you’re in Downtown Miami or Brickell, head to Bayfront Park for more free outdoor yoga. A picturesque walk along the bay or Brickell Key is another great option. Or participate in one of the many citywide 5Ks or marathons.
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