How To Stay Fit and Healthy While Traveling in Miami

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By: Kara Franker

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.

woman doing yoga on dock by water
Miami offers the perfect backdrop for your workout

Where to Work Out

Looking for somewhere to work out or rejuvenate? You’re in luck, as sunny Miami Beach has a variety of 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 located inside 1 Hotel South Beach, Anatomy Miami Beach, 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, a salon, and a spa area with a steam room, a cold and infrared sauna, a spray-tanning room, a hot and cold plunge, a jacuzzi, as well as massage therapy. They even have a chiropractor.

At The Standard Spa, guests can try standup paddle boarding or sunrise yoga classes. The spa features a holistic approach to the mind, body and soul. And one of their main features is a waterfront hydrotherapy playground, so after you spend some time on the water, cool off with a little rest and relaxation in their Roman waterfall hot tub or Turkish-style hammam.

Guests of SLS South Beach and SLS Brickell can work out from the comfort of their own room with sbe x DOGPOUND. This is the first time that luxury fitness studio DOGPOUND is offering virtual in-room training. The studio’s expert trainers coach sbe guests through virtual one-on-one fitness sessions. The classes are customized to match each guest’s fitness level.

exhale spa lobby
Many of Miami's spas offer gym day passes, like exhale at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

Gym Day Passes

Many of the top gyms and workout facilities offer day passes for travelers who are looking to get a workout in while on vacation. A popular pick for celebrities and socialites, Equinox is a high-end club that offers memberships that include access to locations nationwide. Or, if you’re not a member, you can sign up for a day-pass by contacting a membership advisor, and then try out one of the clubs in Aventura Mall, Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Four Seasons Hotel Miami and in Brickell Heights.

Adding pampering to your health kick, some of Miami’s hottest hotels have day passes and glamorous 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.

Another option with more than a dozen locations throughout Miami, LA Fitness is a popular club with locals. They have five-day guest passes available for those interested in membership.

tropical fruit stand
Miami's tropical fruits and fresh ingredients make eating healthy on vacation a breeze

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 multiple Joe & The Juice locations for organic cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies and artisan coffee.

With four locations in Miami (South Beach, Edgewater, Coral Gables, Design District) Pura Vida is an excellent choice for leafy green salads and wraps, fresh juices, coffee, smoothies and all day breakfast. Heads up, they’re known for having the best acai in Miami.

Craving a sweet snack? Try Mariana Cortez’s Bunnie Cakes– a vegan, gluten-free and kosher bakery. Located in Midtown, it has large and small cupcakes, doughnuts, small cakes, brownies, sundaes, and cookies in interesting flavors like guava, banana chip loaf, passion fruit, dulce de leche and very vanilla, to name a few.

Located in Downtown Miami, Jar + Fork offers a combo of nutrient-rich juices and health-conscious dishes, including paleo-inspired meals.

woman running on beach
Let the outdoors be your gym by going for a jog on the beach or along Miami's many walking trails

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 complimentary 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.

Please check out a comprehensive list of Miami spas to sooth and relax your mind and body.

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