Though swimming and other water sports have always been key elements when choosing Fort Lauderdale Beach as a vacation destination, it often comes paired with gluttonous dining, lounging by the pool or beach for hours, and slacking in terms of regular exercise routines.
In recent years however, Fort Lauderdale’s beachfront hotels and businesses have been taking extra steps to offer beachgoers and visitors a number of options to stay healthy while away from home. From free yoga and fitness classes to clean eating options, and attractions and adventures just steps from the shoreline, it’s no question Fort Lauderdale Beach is in a FIT Lauderdale frame of mind.
And whether your desired fitness intensity runs from a leisurely walk, jog or pedal along A1A on a rented Broward B-cycle, to an intense workout or pick up game of basketball at the outdoor gym at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, you’ll find an array of fun ways to stick to your daily fitness routine, or discover a new passion to bring back from vacation instead of the dreaded “vacation 5 lbs“.
ROOMS WITH MORE THAN A VIEW
Atlantic Hotel & Spa
Maintaining your fitness routine is easy when you stay at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa. The fitness center is open 24/7 to hotel guests and boasts state-of-the-art cardio and strength training machines. They also offer complimentary beach bootcamps twice a week and a have a full service Spa on property.
Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
To counterbalance the calories of Doubletree’s famous Chocolate Chip cookies awaiting you at check in, Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach provides a range of activities for the outdoor adventurer and water sports enthusiasts, including Bicycle Rentals, Fishing, Diving and Snorkeling Tours, a Fitness Room, Tennis Courts and of course a Pool, which can all be found onsite. A quick hop over the skywalk will also take you to the outdoor gym at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, which features a fitness circuit, basketball and volleyball courts.
W Fort Lauderdale
With their Whatever/Whenever mantra, W Fort Lauderdale offers fitness enthusiasts Whatever/Whenever options, ranging from daily Beach Yoga and Crossfit Bootcamps, to doing laps in their peek-a-boo swimming pool ( ask about the locals day pass!), or getting hard-core in the state-of-the-art, fully-equipped FIT Center solo or with a personal Whatever/Whenever trainer.
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Whether you are looking to inject some energy into your day by paying a visit to the WORKOUT® Fitness Studio, or hit the beach for a run, The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has you covered. From their New Balance Gear Lending program to the weekly Funky Fun Run‘s every Thursday night, healthy dining options and a full service spa, locals and visitors alike have a wealth of healthy options.
WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE
Park & Ocean Sunset Paddle
Every Friday, paddle along an ancient and freshwater Coastal Dune Lake for a mile, an endangered ecosystem crucial to the environmental health of this state park’s barrier island system. This is our little piece of the Everglades for all to enjoy under the stunning casts of our Florida sunsets. June 1st- Sept 1st: Check-in: 6:30 p.m. and Launch: 7:00 p.m. and return at 9:00 p.m. Park & Ocean is located within Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Contact us for more information 954-563-2900 or visit http://www.parkandocean.com/sunset-tours
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park offers a number of ways to work physical activity into your day, whether you choose to join in on one of their complementary Interpretive Ranger-guided walks each Friday and Saturday of the month, bicycle along the 1.9 mile drive, rent a canoe to explore the coastal dune lake or participate in a monthly Wellness seminar. Every Thursday, the park offers Tai Chi & Qigong classes to exercise the mind, stretch the body and invigorate the soul.
WALK BACK IN TIME
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Nestled among miles of beachfront development are 35 acres of a pristine barrier island ecosystem that make up the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens estate, and if your idea of being physically active includes leisurely walks, than this is the place. See one of the finest orchid collections in the U.S., and catch a glimpse of playful monkeys and majestic swans during hour to two and a half hour walking tours of the grounds and historic Bartlett home.
A GYM WITH A VIEW
The Gym Fort Lauderdale Beach is the only Gym in the United States equipped with a open roof top workout area with the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. They are home to the most educated and experienced personal trainer staff and group instructors who lead by example while making their members a priority. Daily, Weekly, Monthly and annual memberships are available and make certain to inquire about their monthly rooftop Full Moon Yoga class. TIP! Locals can go on to their website to sign up for a free day pass