Discover Our Favorite Ways to Stay Fit

September 7, 2018

October is Spa & Wellness Month in The Palm Beaches, and while we love a good massage as much as the next person, we know many other ways to be well, too. Here we share some of our tried-and-true favorites.

With Spa & Wellness Month coming up (don’t miss the exclusive offers on spa treatments, group fitness events and healthy eats!), we’ve got our minds on staying healthy and feeling well. To help you decide what to do in October and beyond, team members at Discover The Palm Beaches describe their favorite wellness activities—and where to do them.

Diving & Snorkeling
 

Dive site in The Palm Beaches
A combination of exploration and relaxation, scuba diving is a great way to take in a different kind of landscape for all ages. Beginners will enjoy testing out their snorkeling skills, fish identification and comfort in the water at Phil Foster Park along the snorkel trail. Known worldwide for the diversity of marine life there, it’s also easily accessible from a lifeguarded beach with rentals available from the various dive shops and outdoor centers nearby. Swim between a variety of artificial structures where angelfish, coral crab and baby lobster take sanctuary.
 
Or exercise your sea legs with a dive charter from one of the many dive shops in the area. Most operations frequent a mix of their favorite artificial reefs, wrecks and the natural coral reef within a 15-minute boat ride. Most charts typically lead guided drift dives with the help of a divemaster skilled in spotting sea creatures in every passing cranny. Expect a dive plan averaging a 70-foot depth, with lots of large green and loggerhead turtles, spiny lobster, parrotfish, angelfish and schooling fish. Enriched air is definitely encouraged to increase your bottom time.
 
- Aime O’Keefe, Manager, Advertising and Promotions

Running & Walking
 

Palm Beach Lake Trail
If you are into running or jogging, or just want to get a scenic walk in to start the day, there’s no better place than The Palm Beaches. Watching the sun come up by the Juno Pier as your run takes you along Ocean Drive in Jupiter is truly breathtaking. On Saturday morning, this run has three water stops set up all the way to the Jupiter Inlet.
 
Another great place to run is along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach; this route can take you along the Intracoastal, or even over the bridge onto the island of Palm Beach along the famous Lake Trail path.
 
- Mike Reinhardt, Senior Manager, Creative Services
 

Meditating on Your Visit
 

Grassy Waters Preserve
Meditation is about enjoying the present moment, and when traveling it’s great to get out and find a spot to just sit and absorb the new-to-you environment. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a daily practitioner, sitting and seeing someplace new really helps instill the whole experience in your mind.
 
When in The Palm Beaches, it’s easy to think waterfront for a great place to let your mind empty and relax. In Lantana, there are two great spots: first up is the pier off Lyman Kayak Park, a hidden gem with surprisingly little traffic to interrupt your sitting. It’s close to I-95 and offers great views and sounds of the Intracoastal Waterway. From there, you can cross the bridge and check out the Lantana Nature Preserve or Lantana Municipal Beach. There’s a little more traffic here, but you can immerse yourself in sounds of the ocean. Taking it all in can easily put you in the right frame of mind to let go of your worries and just let time pass.
 
Being at peace with the stillness of nature is another great option. Grassy Waters Preserve is an amazing place. Just taking a short walk through the Apoxee Nature Trail there, you are transported from an urban environment to remote wetlands. Grassy Waters is home to a variety of native birds and animals, including alligators, and sitting and enjoying the wildlife around you will put you back in sync with the natural world, appreciating the environment and putting your impact on the world in perspective. After sitting for 30 minutes, the walk back will be a whole new experience (walking can be meditation, too!).
 
If you’re the type that can sit anywhere, the heart of West Palm Beach is a great place to find tranquility in the middle of a busy city. The fountains at Flagler Park on the east end of Clematis Street by the West Palm Beach Waterfront are a vibrant blend of city life and natural beauty, combining the water elements you would expect in The Palm Beaches with the vibrant sounds of life all around you. Here you can find a bench, take in the people and just enjoy life.
 
Next time you’re here, try taking in all the sights and sounds of one of these places. And when you get home, you will find vivid, delightful memories of your trip. 
 
- Gustav Weibull, Director, Business Intelligence/Research

For more ways to stay stress-free in The Palm Beaches, read this post. And for a full look at things to do outdoors, visit our Outdoor Recreation page.

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