Nature as Your Gym

September 10, 2019

Trainer-Approved Outdoor Workout Spots in The Palm Beaches

So you came to The Palm Beaches to relax...but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo fitness while on vacation. Our golden beaches, miles of waterways and scenic trails double as the most scenic gym ever. Just ask Jennifer Martin, an internationally recognized yoga instructor and spiritual life coach. “It’s easy to have enthusiasm for the outdoors and embrace the beauty that’s around you in The Palm Beaches,” she says. “For a complete mind, body and soul experience with yoga, there’s no better way to rejuvenate yourself than to connect with nature.”

Whether you prefer yoga, paddling, running, biking or playing fetch with your four legged-friend, here are some of our favorite ways to make nature your gym in The Palm Beaches—just be sure to pack your sunscreen and drink plenty of water!


Jennifer Martin at the Juno Beach Pier

Kayaking with Kayak Lake Worth

Define your back muscles as you get an up-close view of Lake Worth Lagoon, the largest estuary in The Palm Beaches and a habitat for a range of native wildlife. The lagoon is a prime location for bird watching, and occasionally you’ll even spot a manatee or dolphin.


Kayaking the Lake Worth Lagoon
Photo courtesy Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management

Riding bikes on the Palm Beach Lake Trail

For picture-perfect views of the Intracoastal Waterway combined with cardio, try a bike ride along the Palm Beach Lake Trail. The paved path begins at Society of the Four Arts and stretches approximately five miles (10 round-trip), with multiple access points. Along the way, admire the West Palm Beach skyline, iconic Palm Beach architecture and sparkling water views. 


Bike along the Palm Beach Lake Trail

 

Stand-up Paddleboard yEAUga at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Tone your entire body, including your core muscles, with stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on the ocean—an experience that former pro-surfer and instructor Jodi Nelson describes as “hiking on water.”


yEAUga photo courtesy Eau Spa

Emphasizing stability and control, you’ll use a paddle to navigate the waters as you perform yoga poses on a long, oversized board. And if that doesn’t float your boat, Eau Palm Beach also offers beachside yoga and bootcamps. 
 

Frolic with Fido at the Jupiter Dog Beach

If you’re traveling to Florida with your four-legged friend, grab a leash for an invigorating jog at Jupiter dog beach. Running on sand gives your lower body a deeper workout than running on pavement, challenging hard-to-target foot muscles.


Jupiter Beach dog beach

Your pup will also get good exercise on this stretch of sand, which is one of Florida’s only dog-friendly beaches. Cap off your run with a game of fetch for even more of a workout.
 

Full-body workout at John Prince Park’s Outdoor Fitness Zone

They’re sweeping the country: equipment-filled “playgrounds for adults” designed to help people get out and get fit. Experts say these outdoor gyms could be the answer for couch potatoes, because they provide free gear and are easily accessible. The Outdoor Fitness Zone at John Prince Park in Lake Worth offers a workout for just about everyone, with 17 pieces of resistance equipment.


John Prince Park Outdoor Fitness Zone

Get your heart pumping on the parallel bars, chess press, lat pull-down machine, elliptical machines, leg press, pull-up bars,  self-weighted rower and ski walker—all totally free! From basic stretching to strength training to cardio, this is one gym you won't want to leave.

Beach volleyball at Riviera Beach Municipal Beach Park

A rousing game of volleyball with friends is a fun way to get your heart pumping. Jumping on the sand engages your lower body, and hitting the ball strengthens your arms and shoulders. The volleyball nets are adjacent to the Ocean Mall, next to the walkway to the beach. If you prefer swinging a racquet over spiking a volleyball, try a game of tennis at the nearby courts.
 

Snorkeling at Peanut Island in Riviera Beach


Peanut Island

Snorkeling gives you a low-impact workout with high-impact underwater entertainment. Because of our proximity to the Gulf Stream, The Palm Beaches offer some of the best year-round snorkeling in the world, with warm water temperatures no matter what time of year you visit. Accessible by boat, kayak or water taxi, Peanut Island is a perennial favorite, with shallow depths that are safe for children and beginners alike.


Photo courtesy Mike Scott Photography

The easy access, crystal-clear water and variety of colorful marine life are why Peanut Island has been named one of the top 12 snorkeling spots in the country. The best time of day to go is one hour before and one hour after high tide.
 

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum’s Twilight Yoga at the Light

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum hosts yoga classes every Monday with Mary Veal, Kula Yoga Shala, on the Lighthouse Deck at sunset. The classes begin at approximately 6 p.m., depending on the time of sunset. Beginners are welcome at these all-levels classes, which are offered by donation. Attendees are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and a flashlight. Read about more unique yoga offerings in The Palm Beaches here.


Photo courtesy Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
President & CEO Jamie Stuve

Fitness Trail at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

Use technology to enhance your outdoor workout at this beautiful Boca Raton park. Here’s how it works: scan the QR codes on each piece of exercise equipment with your smartphone to unlock a free video featuring your own personal trainer, who will motivate and guide you through a variety of workouts.


Patch Reef Park Fitness Trail

Walking through Greenacres Freedom Park

Whether you prefer speed-walking at sunrise or a leisurely stroll at dusk, this peaceful, 51-acre park in West Palm Beach gives you plentiful options. There are scenic walking paths around a small lake, as well as lighted soccer and baseball fields and volleyball courts. Pavilions, gazebos and playgrounds for children make it ideal for family activities.

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