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People in South Florida like to live healthy, maybe it’s because of our year-round beach weather? Either way, there are many ways to stay fit in the Palm Beaches outside of the gym. Here are a few of our favorites.

Jogging

If you are into running or jogging, or just want to get a scenic walk in to start the day, there’s no better place than The Palm Beaches. Watching the sun come up by the Juno Pier as your run takes you along Ocean Drive in Jupiter is truly breathtaking. On Saturday morning, this run has three water stops set up all the way to the Jupiter Inlet. Another great place to run is along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.

Meditating

Meditation is about enjoying the present moment, and when traveling it’s great to get out and find

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Palm Beach County has some of the best biking trails in all of South Florida. Here are a few of our favorite spots.

The Hill

The Hill in West Palm Beach is one of the few actual hills in South Florida where you can bike some steep inclines to test your endurance. The bike path is made out of crushed shell rock and is approximately 2.4 miles long and about 2 feet wide. Even though you will ride through native forests, most of the trail is exposed to the sun, so wear appropriate clothing and apply sunblock.

  • When: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
  • Where: 7301 Haverhill Road West Palm Beach, Florida 33412
  • Cost: Free

Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park covers over 600 acres of natural, untouched South Florida land. The park has a couple

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Okeeheelee Park is a premier place to ski and wakeboard in the Palm Beaches. Located just west of West Palm Beach Okeeheelee Park is a beautiful place to spend the day with your friends or family.

About Okeeheelee

The original site for the park was purchased in 1973, and at the time only about 10% (90 acres) of the area was in its natural state. It encompasses two lakes; with access for boating, fishing, water skiing, and radio-controlled boating, the park also has tennis courts, a playground, and a dog park called “Pooch Pines.”

At the north end of the park, situated on the original 90 acres of original natural habitat, is the Okeeheelee Nature Center consists of more than 2 miles of trails, which travel through the Pine Flatwoods habitat.

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If you live in Jupiter, there are several membership-based Marinas you might consider joining, one of them Jupiter Pointe. The marina is great for families because not only does it offer boat storage and rental, but also stand up paddle boarding for you and the kids.

Where: 18753 SE Federal Hwy, Tequesta, FL 33469

Tours

Here are some of the standup paddle boarding tours offered by the Jupiter Pointe Club and Marina

Island Tours

Island Tours are held every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 am. The island tours are 90 minutes and guided.

Full Moon Tours

These are 90 minute, guided tours that take place during clear nights underneath the stars. A drum circle, bon fire and a cash bar follow the moon tours.

Doggie Paddle

The

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A network of paved paths and hardpacked limestone natural walkways wind through 90 acres of pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, and dense palm hammocks behind the Okeeheelee Nature Center at popular Okeeheelee Park.

At the Okeeheelee Nature Center you can enjoy birding and wildlife watching at a variety of pond overlooks on a gentle stroll through habitats once common throughout this highly populated area just west of West Palm Beach.

The park has a massive green space with many miles of paved walking trails around former rock pits that create large ponds. These trails are separate from the ones around the park itself; you must access them from the nature center area. Along the trail system, several overlooks provide scenic views over ponds and into a

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Spin classes are becoming more popular to help you get in shape. Part of the reason why so many people enjoy clipping into bike is because of the levels of intensity throughout the class that provides a great cardio workout.

Spinning or cycling, is a great workout for everyone and you don’t need to be a professional to do it. Spinning is a unique and targets and tones your thighs, glutes, hamstrings and core. In any given spin class, you can burn up to 700 calories or more during a single session. It’s also known to help you lose that stubborn weight and can sometimes prevent migraines.

Classes are taught either in studio by an instructor or can be taught digitally like Peloton or Nordictrack and there is a variety of different themes and intensities.

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Riverbend Park is a 680-acre preserve in Jupiter and is an ideal destination for hikers who want a taste of the wilds of Southeast Florida without getting their feet wet. More than 15 miles of interconnected trails and roads make up the trail network. The hiking trails are engineered, broad walkways of compacted limestone. Signage and kiosks make it nearly impossible to get lost. It’s nature, tamed, making it accessible to city dwellers who’d otherwise never take a hike.

The park is open sunrise to one hour before sunset daily. Strollers are welcome. Trails, which are fortified with crushed Limerock, are shared with bicycles. The equestrian trails afford a more natural surface. There are portable toilets at several spots within the park. An

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Grassy Waters Preserve is like the Everglades, but it’s right in West Palm Beach. Grassy Waters is a massive preserve – 20 square miles – that remains untouched because it is now the drinking water supply for the residents of West Palm Beach and several other communities.

Grassy Waters Preserve is home to a variety of native wildlife. Commonly sighted species including the Everglades snail kite, wood stork, white ibis, great blue heron, white-tailed deer, otter, bobcat, and alligator. For the United States, it’s a reservoir like no other. The nature center and boardwalk on the south side of Northlake Road provide the easiest public access to this unique preserve.

Hiking in The Grassy Water Preserve

The boardwalk trail at The Grassy Water

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With its 47 miles of beachfront, the Palm Beaches have a lot of snorkeling spots to choose from. Here are a few of the best.

Phil Foster Park

Constructed as a part of Palm Beach County’s Environmental Resources Management’s Artificial Reef Program, Phil Foster Park was completed in August of 2013. The park is an 800-foot-long tract of artificial reef incorporates more than 600 tons of Anastasia rock boulders. Loosely strung together in easily accessible depths ranging from six to ten feet. Snorkelers will encounter a variety of species of fish, from colorful tropical-like angelfish and parrotfish to reef dwellers like snapper, grunts, and grouper. Lucky snorkelers may glimpse one or more of the six species of seahorses that have been observed in

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If you’re upset you missed the recent Loggerhead Triathlon, don’t worry! The Palm Beaches have plenty of others all year round. Whether you're a seasoned Olympic Triathlete, or interested in stepping your 5k up to a sprint triathlon, here are the top 8 triathlons in the Palm Beaches.

Loggerhead Triathlon

Location: Carlin Park, Jupiter FL

Month: August

The Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon produced by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is one of the longest enduring triathlons in the state of Florida. Dating back to 1985, triathletes have made the trip to Jupiter year after year to enjoy the magnificent Oceanside setting, the family-friendly atmosphere, and the competition. The event has become a "must do" on the southeast

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