21 fun and healthy things for yacht crew to do in Ft. Lauderdale
One of the best parts about being in port in Ft. Lauderdale over the fall and winter are the many fun and healthy things to do around the city and surrounding areas.
Still, many yacht crew find themselves working hard all week, partying hard all weekend, and not really making time to take care of themselves. This often leads to crew feeling completely burned-out physically, mentally and emotionally, taking a toll on health and happiness as well.
So, crew who want to bond and share some laughs with their fellow crew without alcohol being the main event can check out these 21 fun and healthy things to do in Ft. Lauderdale.
- Head to the beach. Run, walk, swim, bike, skateboard, rollerskate/blade, play basketball or workout on stationary fitness equipment. Buy skateboards, roller skates/blades, basketballs, and other outdoor items at any big box or sporting goods store. For better boards and other beachy equipment, check out companies such as Brownie’s, Viking Surf’SUP, Adventure Sports and BC Surf & Sport. Rent a bike from Yachty Rentals.
- Schedule a session with Beach Bootcamp on the beach in front of the W Hotel.
- Go climb a rock in the gym at Coral Cliffs Rock Climbing .
- Take a cruise around the ocean or the ICW on a stand-up paddleboard. Rent them around town at places like Sunrise Paddleboards.
- Learn how to kiteboard.
- Eat healthy and delicious meals at Green Bar & Kitchen, Green Wave Cafe, and Sublime.
- Get healthy foods, juices, and smoothies at Whole Foods Market and at Marando Farms, which is just behind Tap 42 on Andrews Avenue.
- Play a game of outdoor tennis at Bahia Mar Yachting Center.
- Go to any one of the numerous gyms in town, including Outback Fitness at Bahia Mar (personal trainer available), the YMCA, and The Gym (a rooftop gym on the beach with classes such as yoga, pilates, boot camp, kickboxing, and Zumba).
- Take an adult gymnastics class.
- Get strong and feel sexy learning how to pole dance at Pole Stars in Hollywood, just south of Dania Beach. It also offers aerial yoga, indoor jump, and acrobatics classes.
- Take a yoga class at The Yoga Joint South or Green Monkey on 17th Street Causeway.
- Get a full body workout at Orange Theory Fitness in the Harbor Shops off 17th Street Causeway.
- Swim laps at the 50m and 25-yard pools at the International Swimming Hall of Fame at the beach, a city-operated facility.
- Have a picnic or play in the grass on the Intracoastal Waterway at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, at A1A and Sunrise Boulevard.
- Get a massage at Spa Envy on 17th Street Causeway.
- Book a Go Karting session at Extreme Action Park.
- Try an open jump, slam dunk, or dodge ball game on large trampolines at Off the Wall Trampoline Fun Center in Coconut Creek. They also have laser tag, an arcade, and a rock wall. Look for discounts on Groupon.
- Search Meetup.com for fitness and health-related groups in the area.
- Register for the Las Olas 2016 Triathlon solo or with two other people as a relay. There is also a Sprint, which is shorter than the usual distance.
- Get some snorkel or dive gear and swim the reefs off the beach. The greater Ft. Lauderdale area is the only place in the continental United States where a person can swim out from the beach to a coral reef. There are three reefs off Ft. Lauderdale beach that run for miles north and south.
Angela Orecchio is a chief stew and certified health coach. This column was edited from her blog, Savvy Stewardess, The Smart Girl’s Guide to Yachting. Contact her through www.savvystewardess.com.