Well, for those of you who read my last blog about my very real pizza addiction you would have to imagine that I need to balance it out a little! So here are a few very nice suggestions on how to manage a serious love for food while maintaining a healthy lifestyle!
Fitness is not just a trend it is a way of life! For this reason many people like to continue their fitness routines even when on vacation! Some people will seek out traditional GYM type settings, or look for ways to experience the new environment around them simply by seeking outdoor activities and sports, taking a jog or going for a refreshing swim.
Whatever your thing is, Playa del Carmen has it all for you to stay in shape and, of course, eliminate some of that guilt of overindulging in too many margaritas and guacamole!
Rock that body at the GYM Playa del Carmen
If your hotel does not already include a fitness center or if you are looking for a gym that offers more, the GYM Playa del Carmen offers daily and weekly passes for vacationers. I have been a member of a few other gyms in Playa and so far the GYM Playa del Carmen is where I feel most comfortable, plus has it the best centralized location and, on top if it, includes the most activities inclusively offered with their membership.
Not only do you have access to the most state of the art equipment, you can also take advantage of over 20 different class offerings; ranging from yoga, to Pilates, to creative dance, to kick boxing, to body sculpting and so much more!
There is something for every interest. If you are a Yoga or Pilates junkie, have no fear, vacation will not interrupt your mojo! They even offer outdoor aqua aerobics classes and Yoga and Tai chi on the beach!
If you are a guest of CondoHotels you will receive complimentary access to the GYM Playa del Carmen during your entire stay!
Aside from the inclusive Yoga offerings at the GYM, there are also many other opportunities to experience Yoga in Playa. You will run into a yoga studio pretty much on every block. Most studios will offer indoor, outdoor and oceanfront yoga experiences. Or spice up your yoga and do in in the ocean! Yes, I said it! Surf Board Yoga in the water! Oralay!
Let me start off by saying that I am not one of those people who can do the same fitness routine day in and day out. I need to switch it up a bit every now and then. I also LOVE to run but I hate running the same route every time because I will get bored. But in Playa, I never have the option to get bored as there are so many safe and pretty running routes for daily or nightly running, as well.
Let’s start with my number one favorite running route – The Beach! If you live at the beach, if you are visiting the beach and if you are a runner then you will know the invigoration you can receive from running on the beach. Plus, if you are running in the sunlight it’s a perfect and non-boring way to get your tan on as well! If you are running the beach in the evening, the ocean provides sense of calming – especially perfect for runners who run to clear their minds. Go ahead and take those shoes off and just let yourself go!
The 5th Avenue is a classic running route as well. The mornings are the best to run the stretch of the 5th since it is quieter and there is less people traffic. I also should mention that running the mornings in Playa make it more comfortable, as the hot sun can wear you down and dehydrate you during a run. If you are adventurous though, run the 5th in the day or evening. While some people feel it’s too crowded for a calming run, I actually enjoy watching the people and sometimes I even like to think of it as a challenging obstacle course.
Playacar is also quite a delightful route to run! Playacar is so pretty and has sort of a Beverly Hills style neighborhood feel. The whole circuit is a perfect 5k so you can let the time wiz by while you get a good look at the beautiful homes, the golf course and surely the giant resorts. Playacar is a bit more shaded and can be a cozy run even during the daytime hours (still remember it’s hot).
I should also mention that Playa del Carmen has a beautiful field with a running track located on 10th Ave between 28th and 34th Street.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for those road races, as we do have many in Playa and all around the Riviera Maya! If your timing is right, registering for a road race can be a fun way to see the sites and meet new people at the same time! Note: Playa del Carmen also hosts an annual half marathon every fall!
Spinning in the Nature of the Outdoors
Bike riding is also a great leisurely way to stay in shape, but also get to know many of the sites in the area. Playa del Carmen is extremely bike friendly. The central part of the 5th Avenue is closed for cyclists during the day, due to the high pedestrian traffic, however there is a great bike path located on the 10th Avenue. Playacar is also really nice for leisurely cycling as well. If you aren’t a runner, try out the same 5k route on your bike! Different high but same satisfaction!
Many hotels will provide bicycles for free! If not, then ask your concierge or front desk where you maybe be able to rent one!
And when all else fails you can exercise without even thinking about it! Join in on a sweaty session of beach volleyball, rent a kayak – if you don’t move those muscles you won’t be going anywhere; or try paddle boarding – great ab work out and you wouldn’t even believe it! Bring that inner gymnast out and do handstands and cartwheels on the beach! Go for a swim – surely you are bound to spend some valuable time in the water!
Until next time -Enjoy your vacation fit and happy in paradise!