Take advantage of community workout spots while at port

Jun 27, 2016 by Melissa McMahon

Ft. Lauderdale… the place we have all been to. The yachting capital of the world, the town that is full of crew houses, crew agencies, marine stores, and a beautiful beach. In my past articles, I’ve written about workouts that you can do on the yacht. Ones for when you can’t make it to a local gym, but this time it is going to be about enjoying the busy town of Ft. Lauderdale.
The long hours onboard our yachts can be quite harsh on our bodies and minds. It is important to take advantage of every opportunity to get off the yacht when you can. Release that stress, get some fresh air, and work out properly to get that heart rate up and running.
I love to run outside, especially when there is an amazing view to look at and to adventure off into.
Being docked right near SE 17th Street is a gift to yachties, even though we probably all have been there and some may be bored of it.

Exercise at community spots. PHOTO BY MELISSA MCMAHON

Exercise at community spots. PHOTO BY MELISSA MCMAHON

To have the bridge and the beach right near is great for us yachties to run. It is not too far and it is not too short if you want to do both. I was averaging four times over the bridge everyday when we did not have to work late, and a run to the beach every once in awhile, even declined Uber rides. Why not save money, and run there instead?
At Ft. Lauderdale beach there are a series of workout stations that you can follow and try out right in the sand also known as calisthenics. There are pull-up bars, stretching poles, abdominal workouts, balancing boards, and so much more!
Don’t worry if you do not know how to use each station because there are directions and diagrams right next to each one explaining what to do and how to do it.
Whether you are a beginner, or advanced in fitness it is for all to try.
There are even local groups that get together to do workouts and teach others the proper way and how to use all of your own body weight for exercise.
Maybe you can hop into one of those get-togethers and learn a bunch of new things!
Bring the whole crew, and have competitions. It will make you want to do more and push through the workouts.
Make bets on how many reps one can do. Now get out there, and get moving!

Melissa McMahon of Long Island, New York is a stew onboard a 230-foot motor-yacht, who loves to workout as she travels the world at sea.

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